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  • Archeologists discover Mythical Tomb of Osiris, God of the Dead, in Egypt

    01/03/2015 11:59:48 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 46 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | Saturday, January 3, 2015 | April Holloway the necropolis of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, on the West Bank at Thebes, Egypt... According to the Spanish news agency EFE, the tomb embodies all the features of the tomb of Osiris, as told in ancient Egyptian legends, and is a smaller version of the design of the Osireion, built under Egyptian pharaoh Seti I in the city of Abydos, Luxor. Researchers believe the tomb complex dates back to the 25th dynasty (760-656 BC) or 26th dynasty (672-525 BC), based on a comparison to similar tombs that contain Osirian elements. The complex consists of a large hall supported by five...
  • Sudan's forgotten pyramids

    03/10/2010 7:15:38 AM PST · by Palter · 17 replies · 721+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | 07 Mar 2010 | Guillaume Lavallee
    Archaeologists say the pyramids, cemeteries and ancient palaces of the Nubian Desert in northern Sudan hold mysteries to rival ancient Egypt. There is not a tourist in sight as the Sun sets over sand-swept pyramids at Meroe, in northern Sudan. "There is a magic beauty about these sites that is heightened by the privilege of being able to admire them alone, with the pyramids, the dunes and the sun," says Guillemette Andreu, head of antiquities at Paris' Louvre museum. "It really sets them apart from the Egyptian pyramids, whose beauty is slightly overshadowed by the tourist crowds." Meroe lies around...
  • How Africa Became Black

    04/07/2006 2:19:00 PM PDT · by blam · 108 replies · 3,819+ views
    Discover Magazine ^ | 2-1994 | Jared Diamond
    How Africa Became Black Africa's racial history was not necessarily its racial destiny. To unravel the story of Africa's past, you must not only look at its faces but listen to its languages and harvest its crops. By Jared Diamond DISCOVER Vol. 15 No. 02 | February 1994 | Anthropology Despite all I'd read about Africa, my first impressions upon being there were overwhelming. As I walked the streets of Windhoek, the capital of newly independent Namibia, I saw black Herero people and black Ovambo; I saw Nama, a group quite unlike the blacks in appearance; I saw whites, descendants...
  • Ancient Egyptian royal head puzzles archaeologists

    01/30/2006 11:36:54 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 256+ views
    Mail&Guardian online ^ | 30 January 2006 | Sapa-dpa
    The Sakhmet statues, which date to the New Kingdom's 18th dynasty (circa 1533 to 1292 BC), hail from the same period as most of the finds in the area. The head, believed to date to the 25th dynasty (circa 760 to 656 BC) that is characterised by its Nubian features, seems out of place, however.
  • Martin Bernal, ‘Black Athena’ Scholar, Dies at 76

    06/23/2013 7:54:33 AM PDT · by Borges · 17 replies
    NYT ^ | 6/22/2013 | PAUL VITELLO
    Martin Bernal, whose three-volume work “Black Athena” ignited an academic debate by arguing that the African and Semitic lineage of Western civilization had been scrubbed from the record of ancient Greece by 18th- and 19th-century historians steeped in the racism of their times, died on June 9 in Cambridge, England. He was 76. The cause was complications of myelofibrosis, a bone marrow disorder, said his wife, Leslie Miller-Bernal. “Black Athena” opened a new front in the warfare over cultural diversity already raging on American campuses in the 1980s and ’90s. The first volume, published in 1987 — the same year...
  • Bust of Memnon: Images of Blacks in Ancient Greece

    01/05/2013 9:35:51 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    The Root via ^ | Tuesday, January 1, 2013 | unattributed
    This marvelous bust is one of the very few documents of an actual black person from Greek and Roman antiquity. Memnon was a pupil and protégé of the well-known Athenian entrepreneur and philosopher Herodes Atticus. It was found more than a century ago in one of several villas owned by Herodes, and it adds a face to the name of the person recorded by Philostratus in his Lives of the Sophists, an account of the famous philosophers of the second century. The exact circumstances of Memnon's entry into this celebrated milieu are unknown, but there is no doubt about the...
  • In The Reign Of The Black Pharaohs

    04/05/2008 8:15:04 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 1,088+ views
    Al-Ahram ^ | 4-4-2008 | Mohamed El-Hebeishy
    In the reign of the Black PharaohsWhich country has the largest collection of pyramids? Think again, for it is not Egypt, but Sudan. Join Mohamed El-Hebeishy as he visits north Sudan in search of answers The Northern Cemetery in Meroe, where more than 30 pyramids are in site Our great grandfathers called it Ta-Seti, Land of the Bow. They were referring to the area south of the First Cataract at Aswan, and the reason behind the name was the unparalleled skill its inhabitants demonstrated when using the bow as a method of arm. Those excellent bowmen were actually the Kushites....
  • SSU exhibit explores archaeology in ancient Nubia [Savannah State University ]

    02/06/2008 6:46:58 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies · 148+ views
    Connect Savannah ^ | February 5, 2008 | Linda Sickler
    Nubia was an important part of the trade route from ancient Egypt to other parts of Africa. Tirhaka, mentioned in the Bible as the king of Ethiopia (II Kings, 18-20; Isaiah, 37-38), actually was Taharqa, king of Nubia and Kush. He ruled Egypt from 690 to 664 BC during its 25th Dynasty. The Kingdom of Kerma was the first Nubian kingdom to unify much of the region. Its capital city was one of the earliest urban centers in tropical Africa. The kings of Kerma left behind rich tombs, which were filled with their possessions and sacrificial offerings. The metalworking and...
  • Black Pharaohs

    01/21/2008 11:49:03 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies · 1,280+ views
    National Geographic ^ | February 2008 | Robert Draper
    In the year 730 B.C., a man by the name of Piye decided the only way to save Egypt from itself was to invade it... North on the Nile River his soldiers sailed. At Thebes, the capital of Upper Egypt, they disembarked. Believing there was a proper way to wage holy wars, Piye instructed his soldiers to purify themselves before combat by bathing in the Nile, dressing themselves in fine linen, and sprinkling their bodies with water from the temple at Karnak, a site holy to the ram-headed sun god Amun, whom Piye identified as his own personal deity. Piye...
  • How Pharaoh Sailed To Karnak

    01/15/2008 11:00:27 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 218+ views
    Al-Ahram ^ | 1-14-2008 | Nevine El-Aref
    How Pharaoh sailed to Karnak New discoveries at Karnak Temple in Luxor have changed the landscape and the history of this great religious complex, writes Nevine El-Aref Clockwise from top: Ptolemaic bath with 16 seats; a stelae bearing the name of the 25th-Dynasty King Taharqa; the obelisk of Tuthmoses I at the eight pylons; restoration work at the Chapel of Osiris Neb-Ankh History has a special scent and taste at Karnak Temple. The emotions it evokes are powerful and timeless. Inside the lofty pylons is amassed an unsurpassed assembly of soaring obelisks, awe-inspiring chapels and hushed sanctuaries reflecting the spectacular...
  • Rare Nubian King Statues Uncovered in Sudan

    05/18/2005 4:21:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 635+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | February 27, 2003 | Hillary Mayell
    The seven statues, which stood between 1.3 to 2.7 meters (4 to 10 feet) tall, were inscribed with the names of five of Nubia's kings: Taharqa, Tanoutamon, Senkamanisken, Anlamani, and Aspelta. Taharqa and Tanoutamon ruled Egypt as well as Nubia. Sometimes known as the "Black Pharaohs," Nubian kings ruled Egypt from roughly 760 B.C. to 660 B.C... The Nubian period in Egypt is known as the Twenty-fifth Dynasty... Historians dislike the term "Black Pharaohs," calling it more of a media ploy than a meaningful designation. "It's such a loaded term," said Kendall. "The ancient Nile dwellers didn't really use...
  • Black Pharaoh Trove Uncovered

    01/20/2003 2:39:11 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 530+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-20-2003 | Ishbel Matheson
    Monday, 20 January, 2003, 17:47 GMT Black pharaoh trove uncovered The Nubian kings ruled 2,500 years ago By Ishbel Matheson BBC, Nairobi A team of French and Swiss archaeologists working in the Nile Valley have uncovered ancient statues described as sculptural masterpieces in northern Sudan. The archaeologists from the University of Geneva discovered a pit full of large monuments and finely carved statues of the Nubian kings known as the black pharaohs. The Swiss head of the archaeological expedition told the BBC that the find was of worldwide importance. The black pharaohs, as they were known, ruled over a mighty...
  • New Egyptian King Discovered

    04/26/2002 5:19:20 PM PDT · by vannrox · 23 replies · 766+ views
    Discovery News ^ | April 26 2002 | By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News
    April 26 A new Egyptian king has been discovered, according to Italian archaeologists digging at Luxor. Known to be a high-ranking priest in the theocratic state of Amon at Thebes, Harwa was also a king ruling southern Egypt during the obscure period of the so-called Black Pharaohs, the Nubian kings of the 25th Dynasty. A fat, bald man with a large face, almond-shaped eyes and thin lips, as portrayed in a statue, Harwa was born in the 8th century B.C. into a family of Theban priests. He must have been at the beginning of his career when Piankhy, the black...
  • Royal Nubia lies under sand

    04/22/2002 3:38:54 PM PDT · by vannrox · 18 replies · 3,992+ views
    National Post ^ | 4-22-02 | Margaret Munro
    Royal Nubia lies under sand Canadian archaeologists in Sudan, using magnetometers, have found a 2,000-year-old palace in the heart of the ancient black civilization If his partner had not fallen into an ancient tomb and broken both legs, Professor Krzysztof Grzymski would have discovered the ancient Nubian royal palace even sooner. Still, Grzymski, a professor at the University of Toronto and a curator at the Royal Ontario Museum, is a happy archaeologist these days. He and his colleague, who is walking again, have found what they believe are the remains of a palace and a colonnade built more than...
  • (WSJ)Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism on Schools(new Obama-Ayers connection uncovered)

    09/22/2008 9:48:56 PM PDT · by maccaca · 77 replies · 947+ views
    Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience. From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists. ... In works like "City Kids, City Teachers" and "Teaching the Personal and the Political," Mr. Ayers wrote that teachers should be community organizers dedicated to provoking resistance to American racism and oppression. His preferred alternative? "I'm a radical, Leftist, small 'c' communist," Mr. Ayers...
  • 'Whites Only' Deed Sparks Lawsuit

    04/22/2005 10:54:48 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 259 replies · 6,145+ views
    cbsnews ^ | 4 22 05 | Dionne Walker
    The modest brick house, with its yard full of wilting tulips and rusted old cars, isn't a candidate for the pages of Better Homes and Gardens. But on a spring day in 2002, it was just what Nealie Pitts had in mind. She approached the owner, Rufus T. Matthews, and asked the price. According to court documents, Matthews said the house was selling for $83,000 - but that a deed restriction meant only whites were eligible to buy it. "I was hurt and angry, like he had slapped me in the face," Pitts, who is black, said in an e-mail....
  • Letters threaten actors(Taye Diggs & wife Idina Menzel recieve death threats)

    12/07/2004 3:54:05 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 72 replies · 5,551+ views ^ | 12 5 04 | ROCCO PARASCANDOLA AND DEBORAH S. MORRIS
    Threatening letters critical of the interracial marriage between a Tony Award-winning white actress in the Broadway smash "Wicked" and Taye Diggs, a popular black film and TV actor, have sparked a NYPD probe and an increase in security at the famed Gershwin Theatre, sources said. One of the letters "threatens bodily harm to Taye Diggs," according to a police source. That letter was received Wednesday by Jed Bernstein, president of the League of American Theaters and Producers, the industry's major trade group, with offices on West 47th Street. Sources said that before Wednesday, two other handwritten letters were sent to...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Parent protests ruling that allows clothing with Confederate flag

    11/23/2003 8:52:24 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 28 replies · 509+ views
    the sylva herald ^ | 11.20.03 | Lynn Hotaling
    A parent of a high school student asked local school officials last week (Nov. 14) to reconsider a Sept. 22 decision that paved the way for students to choose clothing that displays the Confederate flag. Stella Moore told members of the Jackson County Board of Education that her son had heard racial slurs at Smoky Mountain High School and described an incident where students ran across the football field (during a pep rally) carrying a Confederate flag and yelling "KKK." "Your decision was made without regard for the feelings of those who think that flag represents racism and slavery," Moore...
  • Philly Slavery Reparations Panelist Blasts Mayor Street [Commie Morons Alert]

    11/16/2003 2:12:33 PM PST · by nwrep · 15 replies · 372+ views
    Philly News ^ | November 15, 2003 | RON GOLDWYN
    Posted on Sat, Nov. 15, 2003 by RON GOLDWYN When the "World Tribunal on Reparations for African People in the U.S." convenes in Philadelphia for two days of revolutionary testimony today, there won't be any cheers for the host city's landslide re-election of an African-American mayor. In fact, leaders of the tribunal, who demand compensation for everything from slavery to police brutality, view Mayor Street and other black officials as tools of an oppressive system. "We see the role of the John Streets of the world as a cover to commit crimes against African people in America," Chimurenga...
  • Federal Museum Denies Slavery in Africa Was 'Dehumanizing'

    03/06/2003 1:51:45 PM PST · by Earl B. · 29 replies · 740+ views ^ | March 06, 2003 | Marc Morano
    Federal Museum Denies Slavery in Africa Was 'Dehumanizing' By Marc Morano Senior Staff WriterMarch 06, 2003 Washington ( - The Smithsonian's African American history museum in Washington, D.C., states that while instances of slavery can be found throughout human history, the practice of slavery did not become "dehumanizing" until white Europeans came along and took slaves to the Americas. The museum's West Africa exhibit, which opened Feb. 3 and continues through the end of August, includes the following statement at the entrance of the exhibit. "Slavery had existed in Africa as it had in other parts of the world,...
  • Not Out of Africa: How Afrocentrism Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History

    09/25/2002 12:09:36 AM PDT · by Destro · 105 replies · 2,619+ views ^ | 1996 | Mary Lefkowitz
    Not Out of AfricaWas Greek Culture Stolen from Africa? Modern Myth vs. Ancient History Excerpted from her book: Not Out of Africa: How Afrocentrism Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History Why I wrote the book In the fall of 1991 I was asked to write a review-article for The New Republic about Martin Bernal's Black Athena and its relation to the Afrocentrist movement. The assignment literally changed my life. Once I began to work on the article I realized that here was a subject that needed all the attention, and more, that I could give to it. Although...
  • New York City to Open Ethnocentric Schools

    08/20/2002 4:51:44 PM PDT · by KLT · 58 replies · 648+ views
    BSNN.NET ^ | 8-20-02 | By Ever Ebody
    NEW YORK, NY — Following an announcement by the National Education Association suggesting to teachers that they be careful on the first anniversary of the September 11th attacks not to “suggest any group is responsible” for the terrorist hijackings that killed more than 3,000 people, and inspired by the Kansas City School Board’s “African-centered middle school” set to open this fall, New York City has decided, in the words of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tryan Exacerbate, “to provide a ethno-sensitive environment for each and every student in the system that will foster a sense of dignity and pride in their...
  • The Dwindling Light of Hellenism

    08/01/2002 12:54:22 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies · 471+ views
    The Dwindling Light of Hellenism If the light by which we are guided is ever extinguished it will dwindle by degrees and expire by itself. Alexis de Tocqueville Ra-hotep gazed with admiration at the pyramids under construction and the intricate interlaced irrigation systems which brought life to the crops that fed his happy nation. How proud he was of the wonders wrought by his intelligent brown-skinned people. He was at the controls of a wood and papyrus glider which had been flung into the sky by a catapult designed by his ingenious engineers. His scientists had also built his cunningly...
  • Ebonics and the Betrayal of Black Children

    06/13/2002 11:31:27 AM PDT · by mrustow · 112 replies · 1,128+ views
    A Different Drummer ^ | 17 June 2002 | Nicholas Stix
    "In the five years since the Oakland debacle, with the help of a media white-out, so-called ebonics may have faded from the public's consciousness. But during the same time, the Afrocentric warlords dominating inner-city schools have continued their campaign to enslave poor, urban black children through teaching them racism, while refusing to teach them English."
  • Students Hooked on 'Ebonics' Are Being Groomed for Failure

    06/04/2002 9:16:59 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 171 replies · 1,628+ views
    INSIGHT magazine ^ | June 3, 2002 | Nicholas Stix
    Remember "ebonics?" In December 1996 a national debate erupted about the Oakland, Calif., school-board decision authorizing teachers to use street slang while teaching children standard English. For the last six years, with the connivance of the mainstream media, most Americans have been able to forget ebonics. Unfortunately, however, this foolishness has continued. Linguistics professors Walt Wolfram and Erik Thomas defend ebonics as the legitimate dialect of a dynamic minority in their new book, The Development of African-American English. New York state regent Adelaide Sanford recently insisted that her support of ebonics had been "misrepresented" and that ebonics is the...
  • NAACP should explain. Why does the NAACP continue to boycott South Carolina?

    04/23/2002 6:57:18 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 34 replies · 992+ views
    The Spartanburg Herald-Journal ^ | 23 April 02 | Editorial Staff
    The NAACP owes the people of South Carolina an explanation for its continued persecution of this state. The boycott by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is not simply a local disagreement. Last week, the national president of the group came here to help picket the state at its borders — spreading the message that tourists should avoid the state and travelers should not spend money here. Why? Can it really be because of one flag flying at one Confederate soldier’s monument? It doesn’t seem possible. Not when this same organization has decided not to conduct an...
  • KC Board of Education approves African-centered middle school

    04/05/2002 10:24:56 AM PST · by CFW · 33 replies · 428+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Apr. 03, 2002 | JAMES HART
    The Kansas City school board agreed Tuesday to create an African-centered middle school at its Southeast campus. If everything goes as planned, it will open this fall. The same plan came before the board two weeks ago, but its members wanted more time to consider it. Several black parents at that meeting, upset by the delay, had accused white board members of racial bias and of ignoring parents' concerns. On Tuesday night, after the middle school program was approved, parents gave the school board a standing ovation. "This is definitely a big start for us," said Sharon Jackson, a parent...
  • I hate the suburbs (and all those white people who live there)

    03/15/2002 12:00:17 PM PST · by wwcc · 35 replies · 874+ views
    ArtVoice (Buffalo, New York) ^ | 03/14/2002 | Michael I. Niman
    [Note: Mr. Niman is an African-American, progressive (he voted for Nader), and an adjuct teacher at the State University of New York at Buffalo. This man teaches your children. Mr. Nimans' columns can be divided into three catagories: White people are evil. Republicans are evil. Paranoia about both. This is typical of his weekly column; lots of words but little substance or content (he mostly tries to be clever). If he would stick to a topic, in this case, the cost and purpose of new signage, he might make sense. Unfortunately, his hatred of people unlike himselve colors everything he...
  • VIDEO: Leftist Radicals, Hide Flag, Then Call for Armed Violence Against U.S. Government.

    03/15/2002 12:28:49 PM PST · by MiamiFreePress · 214 replies · 1,872+ views ^ | 03/15/02 | Jorge Torres
    Hello FReepers, We have some more jaw dropping video for you today. It all took place on state property at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg Florida, on March 13, 2002. My Favorite Headache and I took the trip up to St. Pete expecting the usual U.S. bashing and commie flourishes. But this event also featured the theme of armed violence against the U.S. Before the event even began, one of the speakers, Kawal Ulanday of the Philippines, hid the U.S. flag that was prominently positioned behind the podium. This would set the tone for the events that...
  • Naming Names (discarding "Slave Names")

    03/14/2002 9:50:44 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 26 replies · 1,897+ views
    Townhall. com ^ | March 14, 2001 | Thomas Sowell
    Naming namesThomas Sowell March 14, 2002Did anyone ever call Franklin D. Roosevelt a "Dutch American" or Dwight Eisenhower a "German American"? It would have been resented, not only by them and their supporters, but by Americans in general. These men were Americans -- not hyphenated Americans or half Americans. Most black families in the United States today have been here longer than most white families. No one except the American Indians can claim to have been on American soil longer. Why then call blacks in the United States "African Americans," when not even their great-great-great-grandparents ever laid eyes on Africa?...

    03/06/2002 2:03:38 PM PST · by Elle Bee · 25 replies · 400+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 6, 2002 | Kenneth Lovett in Albany and Carl Campanile in N.Y.C.
    <p>A controversial educator campaigning to head the state Board of Regents supports ebonics and a bizarre belief that blacks are more susceptible to drug addiction because of their skin pigment.</p> <p>Regent Adelaide Sanford, who is black and has been quoted as saying white students were not her "agenda," has been an ardent supporter of ebonics, or black English, a form of slang that gained notoriety when it became part of the curriculum in Oakland, Calif., in the '90s.</p>
  • The perils of designer tribalism

    02/27/2002 8:04:51 PM PST · by GeronL · 70 replies · 6,075+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | April 2001 | Roger Kimball
    The logic of aggression is at work in Third World solidarity, and this has made it a continuation of the Cold War by other means. Being non-European is enough to put one on the side of right. Being European or being supported by a European power is enough to make one suspect. The bloody messes in banana republics, and butchery of political opposition and the dictatorial lunacy by their petty chieftains are all brushed aside. Such trifles will not restrain the progress of these peoples toward socialism. What seems criminal in Cuba, Angola, and Guinea has the real purpose of ...
  • Afrocentric courses praised

    02/04/2002 5:25:13 AM PST · by TopDog2 · 83 replies · 1,039+ views
    Gary Post Tribune ^ | 2/4/2002 | Leslie Jones McCloud
    Afrocentric courses praised Feb. 4, 2002 By Leslie Jones McCloud / Post-Tribune correspondent GARY — School officials hope by including Afrocentric instruction in their curriculum, they will attract the interest of students at Beckman Middle School and across the city. They hope the change brings better school performance, behavior and higher test scores. Beckman is the first school to try the inclusion and the first to make it a permanent fixture. The move was celebrated Friday with a kickoff breakfast for faculty and staff at the school. “We want to plan how we can infuse an Afrocentric curriculum into our ...
  • The Celebrated Roots of a Lie

    01/16/2002 7:02:49 AM PST · by goodnesswins · 19 replies · 368+ views
    NY Post ^ | 1/16/02 | Eric Fetterman
    The Celebrated Roots of a LIE January 16, 2002 -- ON Friday, NBC will air a special commemorating the 25th anniversary of the landmark miniseries based on Alex Haley's book "Roots." Ironically, the original series aired on ABC - but officials at that network took a pass on broadcasting the tribute. What's truly amazing, however, is that "Roots" is receiving a reverential tribute at all. For while the miniseries was a remarkable - and important - piece of television, the book on which it was based has now been widely exposed as a historical hoax. Unfortunately, the general public ...
  • Let Us Now Praise Cornel West

    01/11/2002 2:43:14 PM PST · by BCrago66 · 27 replies · 294+ views
    Student Newspaper - Harvard Crimson ^ | 1/11 | ROSS G. DOUTHAT
    There are many marvelous professors here at Harvard, many glittering luminaries of the academic world. But there is, alas, only one Cornel West. And we are in danger of losing him. Click the link above.
  • Harvard’s Rapper (M.C. Cornel West "Get's Jiggy Wit'" His Rap Album "Sketches of My Culture"

    01/04/2002 11:36:22 AM PST · by LincolnLover · 13 replies · 274+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 4, 2002 | Ron Dreher
    Harvard’s Rapper Cornel West hits bottom. January 4, 2002 12:40 p.m. There are only 17 University Professors among the 2,000-plus faculty members at Harvard, the greatest and richest university in the most powerful nation the world has ever known. They are the elite of the elites, and were awarded the extremely rare University Professor distinction in recognition of their talent and influence. It's easy to see why these scholars rate. Economist Robert C. Merton won the Nobel Prize. Literary critic Helen Vendler and Chinese-literature scholar Stephen Owen established themselves as among the leading experts in their highly demanding fields. Political ...
  • Harvard president, Jesse Jackson to meet amid reports of rift between school and black faculty

    12/31/2001 1:40:07 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies · 250+ views
    AP ^ | 12-31-01
    <p>Jesse Jackson said Monday that he will meet with Harvard University's president to discuss the school's diversity policy following reports that high-profile black professors may leave because of a dispute with the administration.</p> <p>"The clarification will be good for Harvard, its faculty and the nation," Jackson said. "Harvard is our flagship university and there is concern expressed by the professors about the need for an unequivocal commitment to affirmative action, or inclusion."</p>
  • At Odds With Harvard President, Black-Studies Stars Eye Princeton

    12/29/2001 12:18:21 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 28 replies · 318+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 12/29/2001 | JACQUES STEINBERG
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 28 — The academic stars of Harvard's Afro-American Studies department are considering leaving for rival Princeton, in an open challenge to the new president of Harvard University, Lawrence H. Summers. Princeton is seeking to lure the professors, including Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cornel West, in hopes of building an instant department that might rival Harvard's in its popular and scholarly appeal, officials at both universities said. Speaking mostly through surrogates, the professors say they have been willing to consider leaving because Mr. Summers, a treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, has yet to speak out forcefully ...
  • Harvard 'Dream Team' roiled: Black scholars, Summers in rift

    12/24/2001 3:36:43 PM PST · by aculeus · 50 replies · 438+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/22/2001 | David Abel, Globe Staff
    <p>Over the past decade, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. has risen to stardom in academia and beyond by turning Harvard University's listless Afro-American studies department into a group so studded with star faculty that he fondly dubbed them his ''Dream Team.''</p>