Four months after The David Project released Columbia Unbecoming, Columbia is embroiled in a public fight over allegations against the Middle East and Asian languages and Cultures department. The latest, longer version of the film includes more examples of what it sees as "bias," "intimidation," and "harassment." While he David Project and its supporters have every right to protest and expose perceived buses at Columbia, it is essential for all involved to understand that nothing described in the film constitutes either harassment or intimidation in any formal sense...
Students at Columbia have every right to protest what they see as unprofessional behavior by professors and to demand the right to dissent in the classroom. It is also fully within their rights to ask Columbia to hire more professors with differing perspectives (and Columbia would be within its rights to hire a more ideologically diverse faculty), but when students accuse professors of serious offenses like intimidation or harassment, they are on shaky ground.
Monday, February 21, 2005
Greg sets the record straight.
Greg Lukainoff, from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education - who recently gave an excellent lecture here at Columbia - writes in the spec what is and isn't going on in the MEALAC department.
Posted by marco at 6:37 PM