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Firing of Anti-Zionist Hebrew School Teacher

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This JTA article was brought to TTN’s attention a few weeks ago: “A Jewish educator sues a New York-area synagogue, saying she was fired for espousing anti-Zionist beliefs.”   Shortly before being hired to teach at the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY, Jessie Sander (pictured) blogged against Zionism in the wake of the Gaza war.  […]

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Heritage Foundation Wrong about DEI

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Our TTN colleague, Prof. Steven Lubet of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, has just published “What the Heritage Foundation Gets Wrong about DEI and Anti-Semitism” in The Forward.  He argues that a new study issued by this well-known right-wing think tank fails to adequately substantiate its claim that university offices for “Diversity, Equity and […]

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Re the Political Neutrality of Academic Departments

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This is a proposed policy statement drafted by TTN colleague Cary Nelson (Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).  It argues for the political neutrality of  academic departments in matters of public controversy, and begins with a brief quotation from the 1967 Kalven Committee “Report on the University’s […]

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Debating Academic Freedom re BDS

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This is most of the latest installment in a virtual debate between TTN’s Prof. Steven Lubet of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law with Prof. Dan Segal of Pitzer College, beginning with Prof. Lubet’s introduction:    In an essay last month on Social Science Space, I pointed out the hypocrisy of activists who demand maximum academic […]

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Israel is NOT a ‘settler colonial’ state

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Third Narrative colleague, Prof. Steven Lubet of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, has shared the following with us: Jonathan Zasloff and I have an essay at Haaretz.com explaining why the “settler colonial” trope is tendentious and wrong, even though it has become routine in academia and has increasingly shown up in the mainstream media. You […]

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Examining Academic Freedom for Palestinians

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What follows is condensed from a review article in the British online journal Fathom of Cary Nelson’s “Not in Kansas Anymore: Academic Freedom in Palestinian Universities”:  . . . .  The book opens with an account of violent attacks on two senior academics in different Palestinian universities. One of these academics took some students to […]

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Will Hamas Rearm or Rebuild?

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Issued shortly before the current ceasefire took hold, the following statement is from the executive committee of MLA Members for Scholars’ Rights, a group opposed to academic boycotts of Israel: THE GAZA CONFLICT: LOOKING FORWARD As Israelis rush to shelter from thousands of rockets and Palestinians in Gaza endure daily bombardment, there is urgent need […]

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