Category Archives: The Profession

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Laura Kipnis Says She Faced Another Title IX Investigation, This Time for Her Book

Laura Kipnis, the Northwestern University professor whose Chronicle article titled “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe” sparked a chain of events that led to a Title IX investigation of her, faced another inquiry, The New Yorker reports. That one was prompted by the publication of her book Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus, she said.

In her initial essay in The Chronicle, Ms. Kipnis argued that a culture of protection rather than empowerment around sexual issues on campuses was wro…

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15 Members of ‘Third World Quarterly’ Editorial Board Resign

Fifteen scholars on the editorial board of Third World Quarterly have resigned over the publication of a controversial essay, according to the their resignation letter. Their departures leave the journal, which publishes essays from the field of international studies, short nearly half of its editorial board.

The essay is by Bruce Gilley, a political scientist at Portland State University, and is titled “The Case for Colonialism.” It argues that the idea that Western colonialism harmed colonized…

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After Faculty Outcry, UNC Will Allow Athletics Course to Be Taught Again

Updated (9/19/2017, 8:01 p.m.) with more information about the university’s response to the claim that the course was canceled.

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the history course “Big-Time College Sports and the Rights of Athletes, 1956 to the Present,” will once again be offered, in the spring semester of 2018. Jay Smith, the professor behind the course and a prominent critic of the administration, was informed last November that the course would be canceled for the fall of 2…

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Evergreen State Will Pay $500,000 to Settle With Professor Who Criticized Handling of Protests

Evergreen State College will pay $500,000 to settle a legal claim by Bret Weinstein, the professor who criticized the Washington college’s handling of protests last spring, and his wife, Heather Heying. Mr. Weinstein and Ms. Heying, both professors at the college, resigned on Friday, and Evergreen State admitted no liability as part of an agreement, reported The Olympian.

In the spring, as students protested what they saw as racism on the campus, Mr. Weinstein appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight,

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Harvard Withdraws Chelsea Manning’s Visiting Fellowship After CIA Chief’s Challenge

Harvard University’s Kennedy School has rescinded a visiting-fellow invitation to Chelsea Manning, according to a statement by Douglas W. Elmendorf, dean of the Kennedy School.

Ms. Manning, a former U.S. Army soldier, was convicted of leaking classified government data. Her prison sentence was later commuted.

After the university announced that Ms. Manning would be a visiting fellow on the campus, Michael Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, canceled his planned appearance at a K…

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U. of Virginia’s Next President Will Be Harvard Dean

The dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education will be the next president of the University of Virginia, The Daily Progress reports. James E. Ryan’s appointment is expected to be approved by UVa’s Board of Visitors at a Friday meeting.

Mr. Ryan, a graduate of and former faculty member at UVa’s School of Law, is expected to take office next summer and succeed Teresa A. Sullivan, the current president.

Mr. Ryan will return to the UVa campus after Charlottesville, Va., made national …

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Boston-Area Professors Are Arrested in Protest of Trump’s Move Against DACA

Some two dozen professors from Harvard and other universities in the Boston area were arrested on Thursday after they blocked traffic in Cambridge, Mass., to protest the Trump administration’s decision to rescind an Obama-era program that has protected thousands of young people from deportation because of their immigration status, The Harvard Crimson reported. Many of them are college students.

The program, known as Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, allowed people who had been brought to th…

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Grand Canyon U. Suspends Professor for Saying Some Black Lives Matter Supporters ‘Should Be Hung’

A professor of theology at Grand Canyon University, a Christian institution, has been suspended after saying some members of the Black Lives Matter movement should be hanged, reports The Arizona Republic.

The professor, Toby Jennings, made the remarks in a September 2016 seminar discussion titled “God’s Concern for the Poor: What’s Missing in Social Justice?” He has since apologized for his comments.

“Particularly, I have inexcusably offended many fellow image bearers of God by my imprudent use …

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U. of Tampa Fires Professor Who Called Hurricane Harvey ‘Karma’ for Texas

Updated (8/29/2017, 12:15 p.m.) with news that the professor was not only criticized but also fired. Further updated (5:10 p.m.) with a statement from FIRE.

A University of Tampa professor was fired on Tuesday after calling Hurricane Harvey “karma” for Texas’ voting Republican, the university said on Facebook.

Kenneth Storey, a visiting assistant professor of sociology specializing in urban issues, tweeted, “I dont believe in instant karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this …

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Dartmouth Professors Show Support for Lecturer After Antifa Interviews

More than 100 faculty members at Dartmouth College have signed a letter to Philip J. Hanlon, its president, asking him to retract a statement that disavows comments by Mark Bray, a lecturer. Since this month’s deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va., Mr. Bray has conducted a series of interviews with national news outlets about antifa, an abbreviation of the term “anti-fascist” that refers to radical far-left groups.

Antifa groups have engaged in protests of far-right speakers and demonstrations th…