Educational Institutions

Open Letter of Response to the Closure of Edward Said Search at CSU, Fresno

By Professor Vida Samiian and Professor Joe Parks August 28, 2017 On April 26th Fresno State abruptly closed the Edward Said search in Middle East Studies (MES). The Administration claimed procedural violations in the search. This claim was made after the search committee had completed all aspects of the search and submitted a rank ordered … Continue reading Open Letter of Response to the Closure of Edward Said Search at CSU, Fresno

Court Lets Stand $40 Million Award To Student Sickened After A Tick Bite While On School Trip

By Edmund H. Mahony Duty to Warn The state Supreme Court said Friday that schools have a duty to warn parents and students of potential hazards associated with field trips – in particular, dangerous insect bites – and let stand a $41.7 million verdict to a student who was disabled after developing encephalitis from a … Continue reading Court Lets Stand $40 Million Award To Student Sickened After A Tick Bite While On School Trip

Closure of Edward Said Search at CSU Fresno

Introduction Why did Fresno State cancel a search for a professorship named after Edward Said? University says procedural errors occurred, but scholars say it didn't like the pool of Middle Eastern finalists with Palestinian research portfolios.  ~ Colleen Flaherty Learn what prompted the current director, Vida Samiian, professor of linguistics and former dean of the … Continue reading Closure of Edward Said Search at CSU Fresno

Open Letter to CSU President Castro: Attack on Academic Freedom

June 2, 2017 OPEN LETTER Joseph I. Castro, Ph.D., M.P.P. President, California State University, Fresno Harold H. Haak Administrative Center Henry Madden Library, 4th Floor, Room 4104 5200 N. Barton Ave., M/S ML48 Fresno, CA 93740 Phone: (559) 278-2324 presidentjic@csufresno.edu Dear President Joseph I. Castro: I am writing out of concern that the interview process … Continue reading Open Letter to CSU President Castro: Attack on Academic Freedom

The Latest Assault On Academic Freedom: Fresno State University

Arab and Muslim academics need not apply? By Dr. Hatem Bazian As salaamu alaykum, The late Edward Said was and is a legendary figure in academia, as well as a stalwart defender and amplifier of Palestinian, Arab and Muslim voices. That’s one of the reasons why it’s so deeply disturbing and disheartening to hear that … Continue reading The Latest Assault On Academic Freedom: Fresno State University

An Open Letter To Secretary DeVos

By Chris Yang Secretary DeVos, Concerning your attitude and answer, or should I say lack of an answer, toward Representative Clark’s question about a school receiving federal school vouchers that also explicitly discriminates against LGBTQ+ students and/or students from LGBTQ+ households: You are wrong. Just flat out wrong. 100% wrong. Wrong beyond all belief. Wrong … Continue reading An Open Letter To Secretary DeVos

#Anthroboycott Vote Should Not Be Suppressed

By: Roberto J. González Guest blogger Roberto J. González is an alumnus of UC Berkeley. He is chair of San José State University’s anthropology department and author of several books including Militarizing Culture: Essays on the Warfare State (2010) and Zapotec Science: Farming and Food in the Northern Sierra of Oaxaca (2001). His position on … Continue reading #Anthroboycott Vote Should Not Be Suppressed

Academics For Peace: International Appeal

Academics, please take action by signing the appropriate petition below. For the right to demand peace at times of war. Academics from all over the world defend their colleagues in Turkey. For the right to demand peace at times of war In solidarity with academics from Turkey for peace In the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey, … Continue reading Academics For Peace: International Appeal

Stephen Zunes: Chancellor’s Opposition To Student Resolution Problematic

UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal, in an all-campus mailing sent out Nov. 19, expressed his opposition to a recently passed resolution by the Student Union Assembly in a manner which has raised serious concerns among supporters of corporate responsibility and academic freedom. It is virtually unprecedented for a chancellor or other high-level administration to … Continue reading Stephen Zunes: Chancellor’s Opposition To Student Resolution Problematic

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

The Resolution A vote took place on this resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions at the American Anthropological Association business meeting on Friday, November 20, 2015 in the Colorado Convention Center. The resolution passed 1040 for BDS to 136, 87% in favor. It will be forwarded to the entire membership of the AAA for a … Continue reading Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions