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SOAS: School for Hate and Terror

Last September David Cameron named and shamed SOAS for hosting extremist speakers. The response from SOAS was risible:
Laura Gibbs, Soas registrar, said: “We were disappointed to see that the announcement… by the Prime Minister’s Office includes some inaccuracies. We have not hosted any extremist speakers in the last year, or indeed the recent past…. [...]

Class conflict, American style

Only in the USA could a newspaper article that mentions “class conflict” unironically refer to a college football player who has to miss some team practices because of a class he is taking.

Excuses, excuses…

The incomparable Jake Goretzki on the remarkable proclivity of many academics to focus on boycotting one country, and one country alone:

Heriot-Watt blog highlights student misperceptions

This is a cross-post from Student Rights
In July, Student Rights’ new report ‘Preventing Prevent? Challenges to Counter-Radicalisation Policy on Campus’ highlighted how misunderstandings were driving student opposition to the Prevent strategy.
A blog posted over the weekend by Heriot-Watt University Student Union (HWUSU) demonstrates many of these fallacies, and shows the extent to which students have failed to understand the policy they [...]

Queen’s Belfast cancels Charlie Hebdo conference

Security fears are one thing, and too often they have the effect of chilling free speech. But what’s equally worrying about the QUB statement on its decision to cancel a conference on Charlie Hebdo is its reference to the University’s reputation:

The email informed speakers: “The Vice Chancellor at Queen’s University Belfast has made the decision [...]

SOAS votes for an academic boycott of Israel

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has (or has had) various links with individuals and regimes which might be considered dubious.  Here Student Rights reports on its £755,000 gift from the Saudi royal family and on the inclusion of Yusuf al-Qaradawi on the editorial board of SOAS journal Quranic Studies.  The Guardian reported [...]

No True Feminist

Well, things aren’t like when I were a girl young woman/feminist.
CUSU Women’s Officer Amelia Horgan posted the following statement re an event at Cambridge Union, where Germaine Greer was invited to speak:
“The CUSU Women’s Campaign would like to express concern over the invitation of Germaine Greer …to speak at the Cambridge Union. Greer’s transphobia has [...]

University of West London cancels presentation on campus extremism [updated further with response from Charlie Klendjian ]

An event  presenting a new report on radicalisation on campus, due to be held tomorrow at the University of West London, and hosted by the UWL Law Society, has just been cancelled, apparently because of fears of bad publicity and complaints of lack of balance.  Extremist speakers regularly address student audiences.  The notorious Haitham Al-Haddad [...]

Troubling undercurrents in the MLA’s debate on Israel

The Modern Languages Association (MLA) has recently focused its attention on Israel, perhaps following the example of the American Studies Association, although they are only proposing to condemn, not boycott, Israel.  Members are currently being invited to endorse a resolution
urging the “United States Department of State to contest Israel’s denials of entry to the West [...]

BDS bullying at UCLA

It’s not always easy to evaluate reports of US campus conflict over Israel/Palestine. Sometimes the facts are unclear, and readers in the UK may not feel they have a full grasp of the wider cultural and political context.  I’m opposed to attempts to shut down debate and inhibit the free exchange of ideas by both [...]