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Not about anti-Semitism

This is a guest post by Eve Garrard
In spite of the temptation offered by the current goings-on within the Labour Party, this post will not be about anti-Semitism.  It will be about the UCU, but about another and different problem raised by some of its current activities.  I resigned from the UCU some years ago, [...]

Fragility: it’s not just for leftist students anymore

On the heels of a report in the Brown University student newspaper about students suffering emotional breakdowns because schoolwork is interfering with their political activism (including, of course, bashing Israel) comes a claim that conservative law students at Georgetown University were “traumatized” by an email from Georgetown law professor Gary Peller criticizing the record of [...]

Whispering in the Lift: on the LSE and anti-Semitism

This is a guest post by Saul Freeman
A Jewish UK academic with a career long interest in anti-Semitism recently shared an anecdote with me. We were sat in a café discussing the tsunami of anti-Jewish feeling coming from the Corbynite Left when we both noticed how we had instinctively moderated the level of our voices.
The [...]

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 [...]