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Campus Roundup: George Mason University to Offer Course on Trayvon Martin
Posted By Sara Dogan On July 22, 2013 @ 12:12 am In Campus Roundup,Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 38 Comments
Further News From the Campuses:
Georgetown student says all Republicans should be ‘put to death’ [CampusReporm.org]
A Georgetown student advocated for the extermination of all Republicans on Tuesday when asked if he supported the GOP’s plan to reduce student loan interest rates.
University of Alabama at center of free speech debate [TuscaloosaNews.com]
TUSCALOOSA | A pro-abortion rights student organization at the University of Alabama and a civil liberties group have asked the university to re-evaluate its grounds-use policy, arguing that it is contradictory and unconstitutional.
University to Offer Class on Trayvon Martin [NationalReview.com]
The Trayvon Martin case is already making its way into the classroom. This fall, George Mason University in Virginia will offer a sociology class called “Race and Politics, Trayvon Martin.”
Looking for Bias [InsideHigherEd.com]
Does the University of Colorado need to do a survey to determine that many at the Boulder campus are liberal? And does a liberal-leaning faculty and student body mean that anything is wrong there? Those are among the questions raised by last week’s Board of Regents vote to look into political diversity at the system’s flagship at Boulder and its three other campuses.
Cross Necklace Controversy Sweeps SSU Campus [Sonoma State Star]
Sonoma State made national headlines earlier this week in response to an Associated Students Productions employee’s request for Audrey Jarvis, a junior working freshman orientation, to remove her cross necklace. Jarvis is now working with Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal organization defending religious liberty, to seek a religious accommodation from SSU.
Faculty Report on Academic Freedom in FAU “Step on Jesus” Controversy: “Senior Administrators Dismally Failed” [New Times Blog]
The FAU faculty senate’s academic freedom committee has released its first report on the school’s “Step on Jesus” controversy of last spring. Meticulous and detailed, its conclusions are a blistering indictment of the administration of former school President Mary Jane Saunders.
In a victory for free speech on campus, the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) has promised to eliminate a speech code that FIRE identified as our “Speech Code of the Month” for July 2013.
Learn About Trayvon Martin on Your Own Damn Dime [CampusReform.org]
Campus Reform learned last week that George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA plans to offer a class on Trayvon Martin this fall. Given GMU’s reputation as bastion for leftist thought, this class will no doubt be used to canonize the slain Florida youth while demonizing the now acquitted George Zimmerman. No doubt Professor Rutledge Dennis of the Sociology and Anthropology Department plans to tear apart the verdict, arrived at by 6-person jury, and press upon the way he understands the narrative from his perch in the ivory tower in Fairfax Station.
It Takes a Collectivist [Townhall.com]
Months ago, in my Common Sense e-letter, I took issue with Tulane University Professor Melissa Harris-Perry — who hosts an eponymous MSNBC weekend show — for declaring, in one promotional ad, that “we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”
Prof ‘Wishes Sons Away’ In Wake of Zimmerman Verdict [The College Fix]
Tulane University political science professor Melissa Harris-Perry, who hosts a show on MSNBC, said after the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict that she wished she didn’t have sons because they’re not safe in America, an apparent long-held belief of hers.
California Schools Will Train Kids to Sell Obamacare [The College Fix]
There’s something disturbingly Orwellian about this, when the state comes directly at your kids in order to “educate” them in support of a left-wing political agenda.
Ball State Sparks Controversy For Hiring Guillermo Gonzalez, Intelligent Design Proponent [HuffingtonPost.com]
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ball State University in Indiana is facing scrutiny for hiring a science professor who wrote a book on intelligent design, a move that comes after another professor at the state college was accused of teaching creationism.
Canned for Speaking Out? [InsideHigherEd.com]
It’s not unheard-of for a college to tell a faculty member partway through a probationary period before tenure that things just aren’t working out. And that may well be why Weber State University failed to rehire Jared Lisonbee, a professor of child and family studies. But the timing of his termination – after he and his wife spoke out against plans to name a new family program after a Mormon leader who has expressed controversial views on gays, women and intellectuals – has raised suspicion about what motivated the decision.
Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards [Commentary]
Perhaps the Obama administration was not expecting a great public outcry this spring when it unveiled a “blueprint” for how campuses across the nation will henceforth need to handle complaints of sexual misconduct. Under the scheme as announced on May 9, colleges must crack down on a wide array of sexually oriented conduct defined as “unwelcome” to one or more persons, including many instances of what the feds quaintly term “verbal conduct,” better known as “speech.”
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