Monthly Archives: April 2007

[Updated May 2] Is David Horowitz’s A.B.O.R. Opposed to Academic Freedom?

David Horowitz, the nation’s most vituperative and significant conservative critic of higher education, denounces the recent effort to prevent the firing of Professor Ward Churchill for his provocative writing on the attacks of September 11, 2001 and spurious charges of … Continue reading

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Finkelstein Tenure Case: American Association of University Professors (Illinois Conference) Letter to DePaul President

April 19, 2007 The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., Ed.D. President DePaul University 1 E. Jackson Chicago, Illinois 60604 Dear Father Holtschneider: I write on behalf of the American Association of University Professors, Illinois Conference. Our State Council has been … Continue reading

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Those Who Stand With Professor Ward Churchill

Update: For my assessment of how David Horowitz presented my coverage SEE: Today April 28, 2007 there will convene an “Emergency National Forum to Defend Dissent and Critical Thinking: Why Ward Churchill Must Not Be Fired.” It will be held … Continue reading

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Peter N. Kirstein v. The New York Times: A Journey Through the Lofty Senior Editor Bureaucracy in Search of a Correction in Finkelstein Case

Dr Norman Finkelstein is an assistant professor of political science at DePaul University. He is applying for tenure and promotion in rank to associate professor and I was the first to report that the professor was encountering some obstacles. The … Continue reading

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David Horowitz’ DiscovertheNetworks.org Refers to my Blog as “Deranged.”

After an absence of several months to suppress the publicity that much of David Horowitz’ content in The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America was lifted from his McCarthyite DiscovertheNetworks.org website, many profiles have been restored . On … Continue reading

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FrontPageMag.com Steven Plaut Rips Professor Kirstein; Denounces STUDENTS for even taking Norman Finkelstein’s Classes!

FrontPageMag.com article by Dr Finkelstein critic Steven Plaut calls me names: “Legions of other political extremists, from DePaul’s Palestinian radicals to Professor Peter N. Kirstein who regards America as a terrorist state, to journalist Robert Fisk (who holds identical views), … Continue reading

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Support Ward Churchill and Critical Thinking in the Academy: Howard Zinn et al. have.

On April 28th there will convene an “Emergency National Forum to Defend Dissent and Critical Thinking: Why Ward Churchill Must Not Be Fired.” It will be held at University of Colorado at Boulder to support academic freedom, due process, and … Continue reading

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Finkelstein Case: DePaul Political Science Personnel Committee Rejects Dershowitz, et al. Charges of Academic Misconduct

“Teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results…” American Association of University Professors, “1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure.” The DePaul University Department of Political Science Personnel Committee closely examined … Continue reading

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Norman Finkelstein Addresses Charges of Scholarly Improprieties

The DePaul University Political Science Department Personnel Committee rejected egregious and frankly ideologically inspired charges of academic misconduct on the part of external critics of Professor Finkelstein. They issued their report on November 1, 2006. The leader of this national … Continue reading

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Norman G. Finkelstein’s “Hucksters.” Dean Suchar, Professor Dershowitz and the Misspelling of a Word.

In the Suchar Memorandum, Chuck Suchar, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at DePaul University argued that Dr Finkelstein should not receive tenure on the basis of the tone and lack of alleged civility in his research. … Continue reading

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Professor Finkelstein Meets DePaul Board, Students Rally

DePaul University Professor Norman G. Finkelstein met with the University Board on Tenure and Promotion on Friday, April 13, 2007. The board consists of seven faculty members and the provost, Dr Helmut Epp. Reports are that Dr Finkelstein’s appearance lasted … Continue reading

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Women in the Military: Beware of “Friendly Rapists.”

If one is killed by U.S. military personnel, it is referred to as “Friendly Fire.” Pat Tillman, the N.F.L. star was killed by “friendly fire” in April 2004 in eastern Afghanistan but the Army Ranger cowards tried to conceal it … Continue reading

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DePaul Students Support Dr Norman G. Finkelstein Bid for Tenure

DePaul Students Against the War and DePaul Activist Student Union are mobilising in support of Dr Finkelstein in his bid for tenure and promotion. As I have chronicled, Dr Finkelstein is a celebrated teacher and an inspirational professor. I appreciate … Continue reading

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New York Times Could Have Cited Me as Original Source on Finkelstein Tenure Case

The New York Times has covered the Finkelstein story. The article stated incorrectly that the Chronicle of Higher Education broke the story. I first learned about the New York Times error from College Freedom. This blog broke the story: This … Continue reading

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Middle East Studies Association Supports Fair Treatment During Dr Finkelstein Tenure Review

M.E.S.A. journal 10 April 2007 The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., Ed.D. President DePaul University 1 E. Jackson Chicago, Illinois 60604 Dear Father Holtschneider: I write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) and its … Continue reading

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Exclusive: The Entire Text of The Suchar Memorandum Concerning DePaul University Professor Norman G. Finkelstein

American Association of University Professors’ 1970 Second Interpretive Comment on the epochal, “1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure”: The intent of the statement is not to discourage what is “controversial.” Controversy is at the heart of the … Continue reading

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Palestine Chronicle Quotes Kirstein, Reprints Insidehighered.com Article on Dr Finkelstein Tenure Issue

Palestine Chronicle carried the story by Scott Jaschik in Insiderhighered.com and highlighted my concern over DePaul University Dean Chuck Suchar’s criticism, in his denial of tenure recommendation, of the professor’s alleged contemplated legal action. Scholars and international diplomats such as … Continue reading

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The Issue of “Service” and the Assessment of Professor Norman G. Finkelstein

Teaching, research and service are the triad of productivity that are generally evaluated when a professor is seeking promotion and tenure. Previous posts have discussed DePaul University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Dean Chuck Suchar’s assessment of Norman Finkelstein’s … Continue reading

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Norman Finkelstein Case Can Be a “Win” for DePaul and for “Freedom.”

Insidehighered.com takes comments. Jonathan Cohen, a mathematics professor at DePaul, is obviously a non-supporter of Professor Finkelstein. He refers in a rather imprecise, dismissive manner to his colleague’s scholarship as “polemical.” He engages in an arguably polemical assault on the … Continue reading

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Insidehighered.com Quotes Professor Kirstein on Norman Finkelstein Case

These are excerpts from an article in today’s Insiderhighered.com. “Furor Over Norm Finkelstein” Norman G. Finkelstein has been more controversial off his campus than on it. On his frequent speaking tours to colleges, where he typically discusses Israel in highly … Continue reading

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Classy Chronicle Corrects Professor Kirstein Error:

I had indicated some dissatisfaction in not having more specific attribution from The Chronicle with regard to the Finkelstein case and received this very generous explanation. I was wrong to assume I was the provenance of The Chronicle article but … Continue reading

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The Chronicle of Higher Education Uses Blog to Publish Finkelstein Case

The Chronicle of Higher Education linked my blog to their story. They might have mentioned the blog by name and not just linked it but some are more generous about crediitng sources than others. Example: Insidehighered.com as will be revealed … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Professor Finkelstein is an Excellent and Popular Teacher According to DePaul Dean Chuck Suchar

While perhaps marginalised in this auto da fe for daring to write controversial and provocative scholarship, Professor Norman Finkelstein excels in the classroom. Even Dean Suchar notes in his March 22, 2007 memorandum recommending AGAINST the granting of tenure that … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Norman Finkelstein, DePaul Scholar and Son of Holocaust Survivors, Struggles for Tenure

Chuck Suchar, DePaul University’s Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, opposes tenure for Norman Finkelstein in a three-page memorandum dated March 22, 2007. Dr Finkelstein received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. The Political Science department voted 9 … Continue reading

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