Posts Tagged ‘academic’

UK business academic faces dismissal over criticism of LGBT training in universities

   A UK lecturer, who claims she’s been branded a transphobe by students after signing an open letter to the Sunday Times that criticized LGBT training, insists she will not “recant” her signature despite the risk of being fired. Sarah Honeychurch, a fellow in the Adam Smith Business School at Glasgow University, signed a letter […]

A Slow Death: The Ills of the Casual Academic

Any sentient being should be offended.  Eventually, the casualisation of the academic workforce was bound to find lazy enthusiasts who neither teach, nor understand the value of a tenured position dedicated to that musty, soon-to-be-forgotten vocation of the pedagogue.  It shows in the designs of certain universities who confuse frothy trendiness with tangible depth: the […]

Palestinian academic sues Quora, saying she was banned from the website for criticizing Zionism

On Monday, May 27, Dr. Rima Najjar, a retired professor and active participant on many social media platforms, had her attorney, Rima Kapitan, serve the management of Quora with a letter seeking a settlement with the internet platform, which had banned her permanently earlier that month. Quora.com is a website where users can post general questions […]

Palestinian academic sues Quora claiming she was banned from the website for criticizing Zionism

On Monday, May 27, Dr. Rima Najjar, a retired professor and active participant on many social media platforms, had her attorney, Rima Kapitan, serve the management of Quora with a letter seeking a settlement with the internet platform, which had banned her permanently earlier that month. Quora.com is a website where users can post general questions […]

Bolton’s allegation against Iran psychological op: Academic

US National Security Advisor John Bolton is resorting to psychological operation against the Islamic Republic of Iran when he claims Tehran was behind recent mysterious attacks on commercial vessels off the coast of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, says a commentator. Speaking at a press conference in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, Bolton alleged […]

Collateral damage: Cambridge academic on being set up by ‘Spygate’ figure Stephen Halper

   A Cambridge University post-graduate student is speaking out about her interactions with Stefan Halper, a former Cambridge professor who was revealed in 2018 as a longtime FBI and CIA informant. Svetlana Lokhova did not get along with Stefan Halper, which is what she says made a dinner invitation to the Cambridge University professor’s home […]

Academic Institutions Must Defend Free Speech

Academic Institutions Must Defend Free Speech Above Photo: Cartoon, Carlos Latuff We, the undersigned, oppose the coordinated campaign to deny academics their free speech rights due to their defense of Palestinian rights and criticism of the policies and practices of the state of Israel. Temple University in Philadelphia, USA and the University of Sydney, Australia […]

Atmospheric science professor Cliff Mass: victim of academic political bullying

     There is a disturbing story coming out of the University of Washington surrounding Cliff Mass. In preparing this article, I have received material from a member of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. I also ran into another member of the Department while at the AGU meeting this week, who […]

HuffPost’s Attack on Academic Integrity, Truth and Justice

On 4 December 2018, HuffPost published an article by senior editor Chris York, whose single purpose was to discredit Professor Piers Robinson of the University of Sheffield (UK).  Prof. Robinson is Chair in Politics, Society and Political Journalism and researches communication, media and world politics, focusing on conflict and war.  His current teaching includes research […]

Lara Alqasem’s case highlights the need for the academic boycott of Israel

The case of Lara Alqasem, the American citizen fighting deportation from Israel, is shining a bright light on Israel’s racial profiling of American students, the growing witch hunt against BDS activists, and the very real impact of smear websites. Alqasem said when the Israeli immigration  officer interviewing her upon arrival looked her up online, the […]

Ulpiano Checa’s Academic and Impressionistic Paintings of History

Ulpiano Fernández-Checa y Saiz (1860 -1916) was a Spanish painter who also worked in poster design, illustration, and sculpting. He dabbled in multiple artistic styles during his career and always had a fascination with painting horses. He showed his talents while working in Madrid, which gave him the opportunity to study in Rome through a […]

Silencing pro-Palestinian professors – Israel’s academic army

American universities pride themselves on fostering free speech and protecting their communities’ academic freedom.  But for Palestinian students, faculty, and their supporters, both freedoms have been sharply limited. A small army of pro-Israeli watchdog organizations keeps a close eye on everything Palestinian academics do and say, every Tweet they post and group they join.  Those […]

Academic Alienation: Freeing Cognitive Labor From The Grip Of Capitalism

Academic Alienation: Freeing Cognitive Labor From The Grip Of Capitalism Above Photo: St. Louis Community College freshman Isaiah Wilson, 19, rallies in support of adjunct faculty’s contract negotiations. Photo: Ryan Delaney In the neoliberal university, intellectual labor has largely become inscribed into the machine of knowledge production. We need to think of new ways of resisting. […]

On Syria, Media & Propaganda: Academic Freedom and Setting An Example

This post is based on a letter I wrote in reply to someone who has known me as a teacher. I have responded to her as one concerned citizen to another, but with her student experience in mind. We agreed it would be an idea to make the response available to anyone else who shared […]

Arizona State University Asks Palestinian Academic to Sign Contract Not to Criticize Israel

Arizona State University is reported to have asked Palestinian academic Hatem Bazian to sign a contract in which he pledges not to criticise Israel at an event organized by the Muslim Students’ Association next month. Chair of American Muslims for Palestine and lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, Bazian said Arizona State University […]

Władysław Czachórski’s Academic Paintings of Fine Fabrics, Flowers & Females

Władysław Czachórski (1850 – 1911) was born in Lublin, Poland and studied at the School of Fine of Arts in Warsaw. He then went to Germany to study at the Dresden Academy and then Munich Academy, with Munich then becoming his home. He would go on to travel around the art capitols of Europe, become […]

Academic Investigating Chinese Influence Peddling in New Zealand Had Break-Ins at Home and Work

Academic Investigating Chinese Influence Peddling in New Zealand Had Break-Ins at Home and Work February 19th, 2018 Via: New Zealand Herald: A New Zealand academic who made international waves researching China’s international influence campaigns has linked a number of recent break-ins to her work. […]

Fritz Zuber-Buhler’s Academic Art

Fritz Zuber-Buhler (1822 – 1896) was a Swiss artist who painted in the style of Academic Classicism. For more about this genre and the artist we turn to Rehs.com: Since its inception, the French academic system, which trained artists beginning at the most rudimentary level, had established itself as the most powerful artistic institution until the […]

Flooded with calls: Noah used cell phone to tell son to board ark, academic claims

It’s a story that’s included in both the Bible and the Koran. Noah was chosen by God to build an ark because of an impending flood. He was told to take a male and female of every animal that lived on land or flew in the sky, so their species could survive and reproduce after […]

The Death of Academic Freedom: Prof James Tracy Denied First Amendment Rights by Federal Court

By Vivian Lee On December 11, 2017, in a serious miscarriage of justice, a jury in West Palm Beach, Florida, ruled unanimously in favor of Florida Atlantic University and against former Media Studies Professor James Tracy, who was suing for reinstatement after his firing in 2016. The jury found that Tracy’s “controversial” articles […]

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