Jewish students press to have political science department drop sponsorship of anti-Israel forum.
Students at Brooklyn College are conducting an online petition drive to have an academic department at Brooklyn College withdraw its sponsorship of what many members of the Jewish community consider an anti-Israel forum there next week.
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Jewish faculty among those defending provost against allegations of hiring bias.
Jewish Week Correspondent
As officials at Brooklyn College grapple with charges that its provost has discriminated against Orthodox Jewish academics, more than three dozen faculty members — including several Orthodox Jews — have signed a letter defending the administrator.
Yavneh, a 1960s and `70s organization of Orthodox college students, is, in the words of “The Greening of American Orthodox Judaism: Yavneh in the 1960s” by Benny Kraut, “hardly remembered today, except perhaps by former members.”
With emotions still running high, pro-Israel scholars, groups shift their focus to the future.
Special To The Jewish Week
Some 50 students, professors and activists turned out last Thursday for a rally celebrating the appointment of Kristofer Petersen-Overton to an adjunct teaching position at Brooklyn College, but one of those unhappy with the event was the new professor himself.
President says ‘political agenda’ behind latest dustup involving adjunct Mideast prof.
Special To The Jewish Week
Officials at Brooklyn College are hoping that their decision to rehire a controversial adjunct professor, reversing a decision made last week, will end the episode and reunite the community, they said in a statement issued Monday.
But at least one person who objected to the appointment, a trustee of the City University of New York, says he believes reaction will “get very, very messy” in the next few days, as public officials and pro-Israel groups become aware of the college’s latest action.
Jewish professors object to campus-wide assignment of book that includes one-sided take on Mideast conflict.
The dean of Brooklyn College insists that the school “values tolerance, diversity and respect for differing points of view,” but several faculty members are openly questioning that assertion given the school’s common reading selection this coming semester.
The book, “How Does it Feel to be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America,” is a collection of personal stories by and about seven Arabs from Brooklyn that was edited by Moustafa Bayoumi, an assistant professor of English at the school.
When the school year begins next week, Brooklyn College could face a firestorm of opposition to the decision to assign a book to all incoming transfer students by an author who has been harshly critical of the Jewish state.
“How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America,” by Moustafa Bayoumi , has been assigned to about 1500 incoming transfer students “in an effort to provide a common experience for this population of students,” according to a letter from the school administration to Brooklyn College faculty members.