Professor Kirstein Interviewed on Chicago Public Radio on Finkelstein Tenure Case

I was interviewed on the topic of “Congeniality vs. Academic Freedom” on C.P.R. on WBEZ 91.5 FM on the Norman G. Finkelstein Case. It was aired at 7:05 AM. C.D.T. This is a link to the interview via their website. According to their website, Dr Finkelstein was also interviewed and will appear on “Eight Forty-Eight” at 9:00 AM.

I was interviewed by Shawn Allee on June 11, 2007 for approximately twenty-five minutes and a segment of the interview was aired. I am grateful for the inclusion.

The following statement is from the A.A.U.P. “On Collegiality as a Criterion for Faculty Evaluation:”

“Historically, “collegiality” has not infrequently been associated with ensuring homogeneity, and hence with practices that exclude persons on the basis of their differences from a perceived norm…The very real potential for a distinct criterion of “collegiality” to cast a pall of stale uniformity places it in direct tension with the value of faculty diversity in all its contemporary manifestations.”

While DePaul University does not explicitly make collegiality a separate category in addition to teaching, scholarship and service, its administration and a faculty panel, University Board on Promotion and Tenure, has without much subtlety essentially used it as the primary reason to deny Norman G. Finkelstein tenure. It is a prima facie reason why DePaul has an academic freedom problem and this complements my brief statement on WBEZ.

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