Civil Rights Act

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

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

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network Opposes SCR 35

IJAN Opposes SCR 35 On April 29th, the California Senate will vote on SCR 35, dubbed the "Anti-Semitism" bill. This bill would "condemn any act of anti-Semitism augmenting education programs at all publicly funded schools in the State of California." On it's surface, this bill may seem inocuous. However, it is a part of a … Continue reading International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network Opposes SCR 35

Alice Walker Fights Anti-Palestinian Bias

Interview by Dennis Bernstein Pulitzer-winning author Alice Walker sees a reflection of the injustice done to African-Americans in today’s treatment of the Palestinians, leading her to object when the artwork of Palestinian children is barred from U.S. museums and to join a flotilla that challenged Israel’s blockade of Gaza, as Dennis Bernstein reports. Alice Walker … Continue reading Alice Walker Fights Anti-Palestinian Bias

Re-interpretation of Civil Rights Act threatens free speech at UC Santa Cruz

Kristin Szremski, Special to the Mercury News, 05/18/2011 Free speech and the unimpeded exchange of ideas are under attack on America's college campuses. Federal funding for institutions of higher education, including moneys for research and academic conferences, may be hanging in the balance. In March, federal authorities from the Office of Civil Rights within the … Continue reading Re-interpretation of Civil Rights Act threatens free speech at UC Santa Cruz