Academic Freedom Initiative

University of Illinois Professor Quotes Holocaust Denier in Class

June 27, 2012

Ben Shapiro| June 26th| Campus Director’s Note – Have you encountered a rabidly anti-Israel or anti-Semitic professor like this on your campus? Let us know if you have. Professor Farhad Malekafzali teaches political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Or, at least, that’s what he’s supposed to teach. If you read his final, according to students, he actually teaches anti-Israel canards for a living. Posing as a moderate on the Israel-Arab issue, Malekafzali instead associates with the radical anti-Israel group “Students for Justice in Palestine.” He has told students at rallies that Zionist Jews only began moving to Israel in the 20th century, ignoring centuries of historic Jewish connection to Israel. He has also said that before any negotiations take place, Israel must withdraw from all territories won in the 1967 Six Day War. And yes, he’s a member of Change.org. But it’s what Malekafzali teaches in the classroom that’s truly disturbing. According to one of…

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Vermont Superintendent Attacks School Choice

February 21, 2012

  John McClaughry | Bennington Banner An evil plot is afoot to pressurethe states to adopt “schoolchoice schemes,” according to onetime Rutland Northeast Superintendent William J. Mathis. He is currently a Shumlin appointee to the Vermont State Board of Education and managing director of the grandly named National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado. According to Mathis’s article “School Choice: What the Research Shows,” the centerpiece of the plot is the Obama administration’s pressure on states to create charter schools. Vermont is one of 13 states that do not authorize public charter schools, thanks to the surprisingly determined opposition of Gov. Howard Dean and, naturally,

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UTEP student calls lecturer disgusting Questions Academic Freedom

February 10, 2012

  by Hayley Kappes | El Paso Times UTEP student Elizabeth Jimenez said she is disgusted by what she claimed was an offensive lecture by a guest speaker in one of her classes at the university. Jimenez, a 38-year-old English major, said a lecturer in her Research and Critical Writing course at the University of Texas at El Paso last November crossed the line when he gave a graphic presentation on animal abuses in slaughterhouses. It occurred in English teacher assistant Louis A. Herman’s class. An audio clip provided by Jimenez records a male speaker badgering students for eating animal products. “Yes, my meat-cheese-egg-milk loving friends, you engage in carnivorous bestiality on a daily basis, sometimes multiple times a day,” the guest speaker says in the audio clip. The clip recorded several expletives in reference to criticisms of people who consumed animal products. Jimenez said the class of about 25 students was not forewarned on the lecture’s content.…

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