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Professor Discretion Is Advised
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is reporting on the case of Professor Karen Murdock of Century College in Minnesota.
Professor Murdock has found herself the latest victim of the cartoon jihad. In what appears to be pure academic interest, she posted the twelve drawings of Mohammad outside her office, along with newspaper articles and blank sheets for student comments. The geography professor was concerned that students were drawing conclusions about the drawings without having seen them—the very same concern the blogosphere expressed about mass media’s coverage of the riots, which largely devolved into nannyism.
The cartoons were torn down. She replaced them. Reared again. The cycle continued until her academic division head removed them. Then the vice president of student services instructed her not to repost them. She was then called to a meeting with the vice president of academic affairs. When FIRE became involved, the college denied the above activities.
So she posted them once more. And as if to put a fine point on the choking effectiveness of fundamentalist Islam and its aide political correctness, Murdock also posted a large flourishing sign warning that the printed material was “controversial” and “offensive”. The cartoons themselves: behind a curtain.
Torn away, again.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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