Monday, January 31, 2011

Brooklyn College Reverses Its Error

Kristofer J. Petersen-Overton, the Brooklyn College teacher removed from his class scheduled to start next week because of objections to his criticism of Israel, announced in an email that he will be hired back by Brooklyn College.

The case revealed some of the defenders and opponents of academic freedom. FIRE sent a letter written by Adam Kissel to Brooklyn College, expressing concern and asking administrators to explain what happened. The NAS wrote in Petersen-Overton's defense. By contrast, KC Johnson, writing for Minding the Campus, did not utter a word of criticism for the firing of this professor. Instead, Johnson denounced as "groupthink" the decision to hire him in the first place.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As I'm sure you know, Minding the Campus is a creature of the Manhattan Institute, which (according to Wikipedia) "received $19,470,416 in grants from 1985–2005, from foundations such as the Koch Family Foundations, the John M. Olin Foundation, Inc., the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Scaife Foundations, and the Smith Richardson Foundation" and "Bristol-Myers Squibb, Exxon Mobil, Chase Manhattan, CIGNA, Sprint, Reliant Energy, Lincoln Financial Group Foundation, and Merrill Lynch."

Champions of free speech every one!