The University of California at Berkeley has reinstated an undergraduate course about the history of Palestine that it suspended on Tuesday, September 13, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.
Last week Carla Hesse, dean of the College of Letters and Science, suspended the ethnic-studies course “Palestine: A Colonial Settler Analysis” over concerns that it was framed with a particular political agenda and may have violated UC policy against partisan courses and political indoctrination, according to a letter she wrote to the chairs of the social-sciences division and to the Academic Senate.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Jewish and civil-rights groups had complained to the university’s chancellor that the course had a “blatantly anti-Israel bias.”
After suspending the course, Ms. Hesse and Berkeley administrators drew criticism for what some saw as limits on academic freedom. In her letter Ms. Hesse wrote that she supported academic freedom and had met with the course’s faculty sponsor, its student facilitator, and the ethnic-studies chair to discuss her concerns.
“I did not request or require any revisions of the content of the course,” Ms. Hesse wrote. “It is the responsibility of the dean to insure that our academic programs are consistent with university and campus policies and practices.”
The course’s syllabus has been revised and submitted to the Academic Senate for review and approval, said Dan Mogulof, a university spokesman.