Monthly Archives: June 2007

On David Horowitz’s Latest Disclaimer: “The Professors” Was Not McCarthyism

David Horowitz has frequently claimed that it is unfair and unreasonable to suggest his book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America was an effort to blacklist or purge from the academy its most “dangerous” academicians. Somewhat unconvincingly, … Continue reading

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God, Vincentian Values, the “Limitations Clause” and the Finkelstein Case at DePaul University

I am quite aware of using an alleged violation of a university’s mission to justify sanctions or other forms of coercion against progressive, controversial faculty. Roman Catholic universities and colleges are somewhat contradictory by nature. As a religion, it is … Continue reading

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David Horowitz Sends Me a Link to Alan Dershowitz Article on Dr Norman Finkelstein in FrontPageMag.com: My Response

David Horowitz sent me this link to the latest tirade of Alan M. Dershowitz that appears in today’s FrontPageMag.com, a leading conservative magazine that critiques higher education and foreign affairs. It is based on a Chicago-Sun Times story by conservative … Continue reading

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The Chronicle Covers Ill A.A.U.P. Letter of Support for Finkelstein, Larudee

This is a link to The Chronicle item on the Illinois Conference of the American Association of University Professors letter to DePaul President Fr. Dennis Holtschneider. InsiderHigherEd, as usual, was the first academic press to report this story. “Students Will … Continue reading

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InsideHigherEd.Com Reports Illinois A.A.U.P. Support of DePaul’s Finkelstein, Larudee

This announcement appeared in the June 25, 2007 “Quick Takes” section of InsideHigherEd.com: The Illinois Conference of the American Association of University Professors has written to DePaul University, formally protesting the recent tenure denials of Norman G. Finkelstein and Mehrene … Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin: Appropriately Compares U.S. War Crimes to Stalin Purges

Vladimir Putin, the courageous and bold president of the Russain Federation, has responded to the 60th anniversary of the Stalin Purges. This has been another Churchillian moment for the emerging spokesperson for the oppressed peoples of the Earth. In 1937 … Continue reading

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A.A.U.P. Illinois Conference Letter to DePaul University on the Finkelstein-Larudee Tenure Cases

The Illinois Conference of the American Association of University Professors has sent this letter to DePaul University concerning the tenure-denial cases of Professors Norman G. Finkelstein and Marulee Larudee. The primary mission of A.A.U.P. is to protect academic freedom and … Continue reading

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Georgia State Professor of Law Natsu Taylor Saito Updates Prof. Churchill Persecution at the University of Colorado

Regents to vote on firing Ward Churchill… It’s time to speak out. In the next few weeks, the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado (CU) will vote on the dismissal of Professor Ward Churchill. This is the final … Continue reading

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David Horowitz’ Blog Entry on Professor Kirstein Exchange

[Update: I have added his latest response to the previous posting of our exchange.] This was David Horowitz’ entry in his blog concerning our exchange on the Norman Finkelstein, Ward Churchill academic freedom cases at DePaul University and the University … Continue reading

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An E-Mail Exchange with Conservative David Horowitz on Professors Finkelstein, Churchill Academic Freedom Cases

David Horowitz, a leading conservative critic of higher education, debated me on the Iraq War and academic freedom in March 2006. He also included me in his book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America. He recently wrote … Continue reading

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History Repeated Itself: U.K. and U.S. in Iraq

T. E. Lawrence (1888-1935) After World War I (1914-1918), the United Kingdom invaded and occupied some of the remnants of the declining Ottoman Empire. This included Iraq which the U.K. occupied for about fifteen years. They experienced large numbers of … Continue reading

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[Update] World Renown Concert Pianist Supports Dr Finkelstein and Wonders If Blog is Blocked??

Ian Pace in Concert I had noted in an earlier post than an Ian Pace had been linking my blog on The Guardian commentary of opposite views on the Norman G. Finkelstein tenure denial. I had also seen his comments … Continue reading

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The Pentagon: Contains Criminals Who Torture and Suppress Free Speech

Seymour Hersh in The New Yorker has revealed the latest cover-up and disgraceful effort to suppress investigations of torture at Abu Ghraib. Major General Antonio Taguba was essentially derailed from ever receiving a third star for daring to conduct an … Continue reading

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A Reflection on the Finkelstein Case and this Blog

I have received for months and have seen in the so-called blogosphere inquiries as to how I acquired certain information on the Finkelstein-Larudee academic freedom-tenure cases. The source that enabled me to first reveal the difficulties that Dr Norman Finkelstein … Continue reading

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Professor Kirstein Blog Cited Several Times in The Guardian to Counter Professor Dershowitz’s Egregious Charges Against Dr Finkelstein

The Guardian posted a comment of Alan Dershowitz in response to a DePaul professor, Matthew Abraham. Several of the comments referred to the seminal Political Science Department’s Personnel Committee’s report that I had posted. It conducted an exhaustive review of … Continue reading

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The DePaul Political Science Department’s Minority Report: The Finkelstein Tenure Case

Although Norman G. Finkelstein’s department recommended him for promotion and tenure by a vote of 9-3, there was a three-person minority report that came to a different conclusion. While this report has not been made public, one can assume it … Continue reading

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Update: Students for Academic Freedom at DePaul Rallied Today for Finkelstein-Larudee

I have previously reported on DePaul University students who have engaged in courageous and idealistic support for Norman Finkelstein. He, along with Dr Mehrene Larudee, were denied tenure on June 8, 2007 for reasons that appear to be retribution for … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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A Remonstrance Against Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. Describing Professor Finkelstein as “Unprofessional.”

I would like to respectfully take issue with a specific passage in the DePaul University president’s letter to Dr Norman G. Finkelstein notifying him of his denial of tenure. Reverend Holtschneider wrote: “In the opinion of those opposing tenure, your … Continue reading

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Professor Kirstein Quoted in InsideHigherEd and Reflections on Dr Finkelstein Academic Freedom Case

This is an excerpt from the article by Scott Jaschik, the senior and nationally respected reporter for InsideHigherEd. While I am identified as “a leader” of the Illinois A.A.U.P. Conference, for purposes of clarification, I am currently an at-large member … Continue reading

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InsiderHigherEd Scott Jaschik Interviewed Professor Kirstein on Finkelstein Case

InsiderHigherEd which always gives appropriate attribution to its sources, covered the just concluded annual meeting of the American Association of University Professors in Washington, D.C. I was interviewed by Mr Jaschik on the Norman G. Finkelstein case and I believe … Continue reading

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DePaul University Press Release on Denial of Tenure to Dr Finkelstein

This is the DePaul press release. I noted the absence of any citation of the exhaustive and comprehensive report that the Department of Political Science Personnel Committee issued which rejected various scurrilous charges of academic misconduct and dishonesty. DePaul cannot … Continue reading

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Professor Finkelstein Denied Tenure Due to Alleged Lack of Collegiality in Published Research

DePaul University President Dennis H. Holtschneider’s statement of denial can be accessed at Professor Norman G. Finkelstein’s website. The vote of the University Board on Promotion and Tenure was 4-3 to deny the professor promotion and tenure. Kudos to the … Continue reading

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Chicago Sun-Times Reports on Finkelstein Tenure Case.

I found the Chicago Sun-Times article much more balanced than the previous reporting on this nationally significant academic freedom case. I noticed they assigned two reporters, perhaps sensitive to my charge of bias in their most recent coverage. I think … Continue reading

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Who’s Who on DePaul University’s Committee on Promotion and Tenure

DePaul University President Reverend Dennis H. Holtschneider has informed the American Association of University Professors he did not contravene any personnel decision of the University Board on Promotion and Tenure. This committee recommended that Professor Norman G. Finkelstein be denied … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Finkelstein Supporter Mehrene Larudee also Denied Tenure at DePaul

Sources have indicated that the University Board on Promotion and Tenure recommended against tenure for Professor Mehrene Larudee, who is a faculty member in International Studies. She received unanimous support from both her department, the College personnel committee as well … Continue reading

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Chronicle Reports on Finkelstein Tenure Denial

This is the Chronicle of Higher Education Daily News Blog report written by Jennifer Howard. Professor Finkelstein is quoted as making this reserved but determined reaction: “I played by the rules, and it plainly wasn’t enough to overcome the political … Continue reading

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Latest: DePaul President Informs A.A.U.P. of Finkelstein Tenure Denial

DePaul University President Reverend Dennis H. Holtschneider, in an unprecedented action, simultaneously notified A.A.U.P. on the same day Dr Norman G. Finkelstein was denied tenure and promotion to associate professor. He spoke by telephone to American Association of University Professors … Continue reading

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Update: DePaul University Norman G. Finkelstein Case

I have learned that DePaul University President Reverend Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. notified the American Association of University Professors that he had denied tenure to Professor Finkelstein. He called them at approximately 12:30 P.M. Eastern Standard Time as a “courtesy.” … Continue reading

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Developing Story: Norman Finkelstein Denied Tenure at Chicago’s DePaul University

I have learned that Norman G. Finkelstein on June 8, 2007 has been denied tenure at DePaul University. Professor Finkelstein, assistant professor of political science, had been recommended for tenure by his department and by the College of Liberal Arts … Continue reading

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Professor Alan Dershowitz’s Latest Effort to Deny Dr Finkelstein Tenure and Academic Freedom

It appears the latest strategy of Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz to deny Dr Norman G. Finkelstein tenure is to claim that the conferring of tenure would be based not on merit but on external pressure that the Frankfurter Professor … Continue reading

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Hero Marines Like Cpl. Adam Kokesh Persecuted for Free Speech Protest Against the Iraq War.

The Washington Post has reported that anti-war marines are being punished for denouncing United States state terrorism. It does not surprise me given the barbarous conduct of the marines and the U.S. military in the Iraq War. When some of … Continue reading

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Fidel Castro Meets Vietnamese Communist Party Chief in Havana

In this photo released by Cuba’s Juventud Rebelde (“Rebellious Youth”)newspaper, a fit and vital looking President Fidel Castro is seen with Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nong Duc Manh in Havana, Saturday, June 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Juventud Rebelde) República de Cuba: … Continue reading

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