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  • Columbia University Hospital DEI Chief Is Serial Plagiarist, Complaint Alleges

    02/29/2024 3:25:29 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 29, 2024 | Aaron Sibarium
    Alade McKen plagiarized pages of material from Wikipedia.. The chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer of Columbia University's medical school, Alade McKen, plagiarized extensively in his doctoral dissertation, lifting entire pages of material, without attribution, from sources that include Wikipedia, according to a complaint submitted to the university on Wednesday. The allegations implicate approximately a fifth of McKen's 163-page dissertation, "'UBUNTU' I am because we are: A case study examining the experiences of an African-centered Rites of Passage program within a community-based organization," submitted to Iowa State University's School of Education in 2021. More than two of those pages are...
  • North Carolina drops STEM departments, keeps politically correct ones

    02/25/2024 6:09:41 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 25 Feb, 2024 | Arnold Cusmariu
    The University of North Carolina system oversees 16 state universities. Campus locations include Chapel Hill, Wilmington, Charlotte, Asheville, and Greensboro. UNC-Chapel Hill, originally called the University of North Carolina, was founded in 1789 and is one of the oldest public universities in the United States. According to Wikipedia statistics, some 245,000 students attended UNC system universities in 2021. One of the schools in the UNC system, UNC-Greensboro, is in the news these days because of a decision by Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. to cut undergraduate and/or graduate programs in physics, mathematics, computer science, anthropology and nursing, citing “university direction,...
  • ‘This Has to Stop’: Harvard Set to Consider Institutional Neutrality

    02/23/2024 7:45:38 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 23 replies
    The Crimson ^ | February 21, 2024 | BY TILLY R. ROBINSON AND NEIL H. SHAH
    Interim Harvard President Alan M. Garber ’76 is expected to announce a working group that will consider a policy of institutional neutrality, a move that comes just months after the University became embroiled in controversy over its response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel.A formal stance of neutrality, in which Harvard would refrain from making political statements as an institution, would be a marked shift from the University’s current approach to politics. It would also, in theory, help the University avoid the pressure it’s faced in the past to take political positions on contentious issues — such as the...
  • Against Scholar-Activism. Neither faculty nor staff should allow advocacy to eclipse inquiry on campus.

    02/23/2024 6:10:21 AM PST · by karpov · 1 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | February 16, 2024 | Martha McCaughey
    The rise of political orthodoxy on campus is often cited as one of the key reasons for reforming universities. But if there is a rise of orthodoxy, what does this orthodoxy look like, who is perpetuating it, and on what grounds are they doing so? Professors might immediately want me to point out that universities are known for being open environments of intellectual, academic, and expressive freedom, which support their core mission to create and disseminate knowledge. They might also wish to take issue with the idea that faculty members push an orthodoxy, as it’s common for students (or students’...
  • Top academic journal to face 'legal action' after pulling pro-life papers

    02/22/2024 2:36:56 PM PST · by CFW · 2 replies
    The Post Millennial ^ | 2/22/24 | Jarryd Jaeger
    Pro-life researchers whose studies related to abortion were pulled by Sage Journals on account of alleged failures to disclose "conflicts of interest" have announced that they are taking legal action. Lead researcher and Charlotte Lozier Institute Vice President James Studnicki accused the publication of employing "blatant double standards," pointing out that while it went after him and his team for their not going far enough in divulging their ties to pro-life organizations, it has not employed the same level of scrutiny to abortion-related researchers linked to pro-choice groups. In a statement to The College Fix, the Charlotte Lozier Institute confirmed...
  • Chair of Harvard University History Department Belongs to Group Behind Grotesque Anti-Semitic Cartoon

    02/20/2024 6:51:08 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 20, 2024 | Jessica Costescu
    Sidney Chalhoub pledged to support 'Palestinian liberation' as part of Harvard Faculty and Staff for Justice in Palestine ... The chairman of Harvard University's history department is a member of a faculty group, Harvard Faculty and Staff for Justice in Palestine, that posted an anti-Semitic cartoon over the holiday weekend depicting a hand emblazoned with the Star of David holding a noose around the necks of one black man and one Arab man. In the background, a black arm swings a machete scrawled with the phrase, "liberation movement." The image was posted alongside a message from the faculty group arguing...
  • Texas Universities Admit to Skirting New Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Law

    02/18/2024 12:57:16 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    Texas Scorecard ^ | February 16, 2024 | Emily Medeiros
    An undercover investigation reveals multiple Texas universities admitting they will continue DEI work despite the state’s ban.. A new investigation released by Accuracy in Media reveals how Texas universities are attempting to skirt a state law that bans Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policies in higher education. Accuracy in Media (AIM)—an organization that empowers individuals to hold journalists, public officials, and private officials accountable—has released an undercover investigation showing multiple university officials saying they will continue DEI work under new names. Senate Bill 17, which took effect in January, effectively prohibits Texas universities from hiring employees to “perform the duties” of...
  • Canadian professor charged with abducting and raping 80-year-old grandmother with Alzheimer's at Bahamas resort, and the US federal agent who captured him

    02/17/2024 11:12:51 AM PST · by CFW · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/17/24 | Keith Griffith
    New details are emerging about the Canadian tourist charged with abducting and raping an 80-year-old grandmother with Alzheimer's at a luxurious Bahamas resort. Gordon Wilkie, 61, of New Waterford, Nova Scotia, was arrested and charged with rape in the shocking incident on January 28 at the Warwick Hotel Paradise Island Bahamas. can confirm that Wilkie is a faculty member at Novia Scotia Community College, where he specializes in renewable energy and has been placed on leave following his arrest.
  • As Long As Universities Are Identity Obsessed, America Will Have A Surplus Of Stupid Students

    02/16/2024 10:19:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 02/16/2024 | DONALD T. CRITCHLOW
    Many university professors have an intellectually close-minded mentality and produce ill-informed, civically ignorant students.American civilization with its wealth has built an educational system beyond anything imagined in the past. We have staffed our universities with more than 1.4 million full- and part-time teachers. Of those instructors, 60 percent of college instructors identify as “left” or “far-left.” Many of them have an intellectually close-minded mentality based on racial and sexual identity. One result is that we are producing ill-informed, civically ignorant students.A year-long study conducted by researchers at the Center for American Institutions at Arizona State University, where I am a...
  • ‘Luxury Beliefs’ That Only the Privileged Can Afford

    02/11/2024 7:14:08 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Journal via MSN ^ | 2/10/24 | Rob Henderson
    In the same way that you don’t notice the specifics of your own culture until you travel elsewhere, you don’t really notice your social class until you enter another one. As an undergraduate at Yale a decade ago, I came to see that my peers had experienced a totally different social reality than me. I had grown up poor, a biracial product of family dysfunction, foster care and military service. Suddenly ensconced in affluence at an elite university—more Yale students come from families in the top 1% of income than from the bottom 60%—I found myself thinking a lot about...
  • “This is Fascism”: Machete-Wielding Professor Fired Again

    02/04/2024 9:12:17 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    Jonathan Turley ^ | February 4, 2024 | Jonathan Turley
    Shellyne Rodriguez, the machete-wielding former Hunter College professor, has now been fired by the Cooper Union college. The school previously stood with Rodriguez after she trashed a student display and held a machete to the neck of a journalist. It appears that Rodriguez’s anti-Israel comments were finally too much for Cooper Union. What is interesting is what it takes at both Hunter College and The Cooper Union to be fired. We previously discussed a videotape of Rodríguez trashing a pro-life student display in New York. Before attacking the table, she told the students, “You’re not educating s–t […] This is...
  • FOURTH Academic Scandal Hits Harvard

    02/01/2024 9:49:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/01/2024 | David Strom
    This time, a medical school neuroscientist is on the hot seat for research misconduct at Harvard.Claudine Gay could at least argue that her academic misconduct wasn’t exactly brain surgery, but now that two of the academic scandals are at Harvard Medical School and one includes a neuroscientist, you get the idea.This is not just a story about DEI; it’s a story about an academy-wide collapse in standards.— Aaron Sibarium (@aaronsibarium) February 1, 2024It is brain surgery in this case, and it’s pretty hard for Harvard to deny that there is a fundamental problem regarding academic integrity at its institution now...
  • Harvard’s diversity chief hit with 40 plagiarism accusations in wake of Claudine Gay scandal: report

    01/30/2024 1:43:43 PM PST · by thegagline · 64 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 01/30/2024 | Emily Crane
    Harvard University’s chief diversity and inclusion officer has been hit with dozens of plagiarism allegations tied to her academic work — including one claim she failed to properly cite her own husband’s study. The Ivy League school was handed an anonymous complaint on Monday listing at least 40 examples of alleged plagiarism by Sherri Ann Charleston dating back to 2009 — a decade before she joined Harvard, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The allegations, which include failing to properly cite other scholars’ work and not referencing them in footnotes, come just weeks after Harvard University president Claudine Gay resigned from...
  • Not Just Claudine Gay. Harvard's Chief Diversity Officer Plagiarized and Claimed Credit for Husband's Work, Complaint Alleges

    01/30/2024 8:39:43 AM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 30, 2024 | Aaron Sibarium
    It's not just Claudine Gay. Harvard University's chief diversity and inclusion officer, Sherri Ann Charleston, appears to have plagiarized extensively in her academic work, lifting large portions of text without quotation marks and even taking credit for a study done by another scholar—her own husband—according to a complaint filed with the university on Monday and a Washington Free Beacon analysis. The complaint makes 40 allegations of plagiarism that span the entirety of Charleston's thin publication record. In her 2009 dissertation, submitted to the University of Michigan, Charleston quotes or paraphrases nearly a dozen scholars without proper attribution, the complaint alleges....
  • Laurie Anderson Withdraws from Visiting Professor Post at German University After Pro-Palestine Letter Resurfaces

    01/30/2024 12:01:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    ARTnews ^ | January 29, 2024 | Alex Greenberger
    The New York–based artist and musician Laurie Anderson said she would not take up a visiting professor position at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany, amid scrutiny over her views on Palestine. Earlier this month, the school announced that Anderson, who has produced such works as the hit 1981 song “O Superman,” had been appointed its Pina Bausch Professor, a position named after a famed dancer. But since that announcement, the school appears to have reneged on its decision, citing the fact that Anderson signed a 2021 open letter that urges support for Palestine. The ARTnews Accord:...

    01/27/2024 9:25:32 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 34 replies
    Powerline ^ | 27 Jan 2024 | Scott Johnson
    Roger Kimball’s New Criterion editorial on “DEI’s dangerous lies” is titled “Gay science,” in honor of sacked Harvard president Claudine Gay. Roger’s editorial lacks only some accompanying reference to Nietzsche’s The Gay Science, which I actually read under the tutelage of my political philosophy teacher last year.It was in The Gay Science that Nietzsche announced “God is dead.” I thought Roger’s editorial might have announced that Harvard is dead. In each case, the assertion is a slight exaggeration, but it makes a point.The eminent historian Dominic Green makes the Harvard point in the Wall Street Journal column “No Task Force...
  • Why We Are Suing Harvard-If Harvard can't fix itself from within, we'll do the surgery from without

    01/24/2024 6:39:16 AM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | January 24, 2024 | Alan Joseph Bauer
    Harvard has willfully and intentionally destroyed the “Harvard brand.” In doing so, Harvard has hurt its present and future. It has also damaged the opportunities for its hundreds of thousands of living graduates who bought into Harvard being a boon to their professional careers. The quality of Harvard today, and not when they graduated, determines the added value of being a Harvard graduate.There is a story from the Talmud about people getting on a boat. One can imagine what a boat in their day was like, nothing like our monstrous seafaring ships. As the crew was preparing to shove off,...
  • Diversity offices to close on public Texas college campuses as new law goes into effect

    01/23/2024 2:46:33 PM PST · by devane617 · 21 replies
    wfaa ^ | 01/23/2024
    DALLAS — The new year welcomed 30 new state laws in Texas. One of them could dramatically impact higher education. The Lone Star State will no longer allow its publicly funded colleges and universities to have Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - or DEI - offices. "Diversity" refers to the representation of people from a variety of backgrounds – particularly referring to people of different races, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, religions and more at all levels in an organization, including the leadership level. "Equity" focuses on fairness and justice, mainly referring to compensation and whether people are being paid or treated...
  • Leave the Pews

    01/23/2024 12:58:35 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 1/24/24 | Karol Markowitz
    It seemed like a good idea. College campuses across the country were erupting in Jew-hating outbursts, and parents were rightly worried about their Jewish college-aged kids caught up in the frenzy of hate. On Facebook, a group called Mothers Against College Antisemitism (M.A.C.A.) was founded and grew quickly to over 50,000 members. They shared information, emailed, called, and signed petitions. They stood united against the oldest hatred rearing its head again. But just as fast, fissures formed. The cudgel of DEI – that is, “diversity, equity, and inclusion” policies that had been used against Jewish students – was the subject...
  • CUNY Faculty Take On Their Union. Should college professors be compelled to accept representation from an organization they loathe?

    01/23/2024 3:42:23 AM PST · by karpov · 24 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | January 19, 2024 | George Leef
    Collective bargaining through a labor union is supposed to “level the playing field” for workers, enabling them to obtain better terms than if they bargained on their own. That is the justification for federal and state laws that give elected unions exclusive representation power, meaning that all of the workers must accept the union as their representative. Individuality is out. That arrangement is fine with many, but what if some workers are unhappy with “their” union? What if they don’t think the union operates in their interest? What if it makes public statements they disagree with? The unions reply, “Too...