Monday, April 09, 2007

Norman Finkelstein Faces Alan Dershowitz - Foregone Conclusion?

Believe it or not, Dr. Norman Finkelstein is facing the possibility of not getting tenure at DePaul University because of a campaign being waged against him and his views on US foreign policy and the Israeli lobby!

He is being accused by the rabid Alan Dershowitz and others of not being a good zionist. The tyranny of the Dershowitz's of the world should not be allowed to cow academic institutions (US politicians are quite enough thank you!) and stymie freedom of expression and honest discussion. More importantly, the tenure process in any institution cannot be held hostage to such tactics.... In an institution of higher education, scholarship and not partisanship or propaganda should be the measure.

You can find a list of Dr. Finkelstein's works at his website.

Below is the letter, and here is where the petition is if you want to sign!

To: DePaul University

To: Dennis H. Holtschneider, President, DePaul University Helmut P. Epp, Provost, DePaul University and the Trustees, Deans, Faculty and Students of DePaul University

We are deeply concerned about reports of outside interference into the tenure and promotion case of Dr. Norman Finkelstein, and that as a result he may not be awarded tenure from DePaul University.

One such report is: Harvard Law Professor Works to Disrupt Tenure Bid of Longtime Nemesis at DePaul U. By Jennifer Howard, The Chronicle of Higher Education April 5, 2007

We value Dr. Finkelstein's scholarship, his public talks and debates, and his well-argued, fact-based critiques of issues relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In our opinion, his association with DePaul University has enhanced DePaul University's reputation. We understand his department has recommended tenure. We will be troubled if Dr. Finkelstein is denied tenure and will be concerned about the integrity of the tenure process at DePaul University.

We support a fair tenure process for Dr. Finkelstein.


If you are interested in signing an online petition in support of Dr. Norman Finkelstein, please click here!


Blogger politiques USA said...

Hi D.!!!

Please check this video, this is my brother inlaw:

I don't share the views of my brother inlaw, I only got maried with his sister :)

Sinon comment vas-tu? :)

1:13 AM  
Blogger Renegade Eye said...

I posted on the Finkelstein/Dershowitz issue as well.

I think this is the first time I posted on the same subject as you, at the same time. I heard about it first on Democracy Now Radio,

12:29 AM  
Blogger Dahlia said...

RE - Great minds do (occasionally) think alike:))

8:07 PM  
Blogger Renegade Eye said...

There are several yahoos on my blog attracted by attacking Chomsky and Finkelstein. I could use a sane voice to comment.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Renegade Eye said...

Haven't heard from you in awhile.

10:39 PM  
Blogger Dahlia said...

Hi RE - Yes, I have been very silent lately. I am trying to finish a very intense semester at Georgetown. It is my last PhD course-work semester. I will be back, blogging away, very soon!
Thanks for asking.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Renegade Eye said...

SEE: Finkelstein Denied Tenure.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Phil BC said...

I echo Renegade, I know about the pressures of a PhD, but I hope you'll find the time to return to blogging very soon!

4:49 AM  
Blogger politiques USA said...

Sana saida watamaniyati an yashmala asilm kola l3alame.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Farida Raafat said...

WHere have u gone? no posts in LONG time!

2:20 PM  
Blogger Renegade Eye said...

You need to start up again. You are missed.

1:06 AM  
Anonymous DePaul University said...

We have a few college students online from college of DePaul University and we love your blog postings, so well add your rss or news feed for them, Thanks and please post us and leave a comment back and well link to you. Thanks Jen , Blog Manager DePaul University.

4:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, all is logical

1:58 AM  

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