Ethnic studies

America’s Dangerous Turn to Anti-Intellectualism | Alternet

America's Dangerous Turn to Anti-Intellectualism | Alternet

Recently, I found out that my work is mentioned in a book that has been banned, in effect, from the schools in Tucson, Arizona. The anti-ethnic studies law passed by the state prohibits teachings that “promote the overthrow of the United States government,” “promote resentment toward a race or class of people,” “are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group,” and/or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.” I invite you to read the book in question, titled Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, so that you can decide for yourselves whether it qualifies.

via America’s Dangerous Turn to Anti-Intellectualism | Alternet.

Scholars Under Attack: American Studies Association to Document Assaults on Academic Freedom | NewBlackMan in Exile | #OYRchallenge

Stay abreast of  Scholars Under Attack’s efforts to investigate and publicize attacks on Academia.  Stay tuned to NewBlackMan (in Exile) for further updates starting with this recent article.  Scholars Under Attack: American Studies Association to Document Assaults on Academic Freedom | NewBlackMan in Exile

“Against a backdrop of rapidly changing economics in higher education, it’s clear that university scholars and students in America are increasingly under attack,” said ASA President Lisa Duggan of New York University. “From elimination of tenure, to the expansion of a precarious class of adjuncts and instructors with neither the benefit of academic freedom nor the basic dignity of a living wage, to a burgeoning cohort of students drowning in debt, these assaults on higher education are part and parcel of political and economic privatization efforts that will have devastating long-term effects.”

The effort, called Scholars Under Attack, will document examples of assaults on academic freedom, program cuts, labor organizing and political protests, and instances of faculty profiling.

via Scholars Under Attack: American Studies Association to Document Assaults on Academic Freedom | NewBlackMan in Exile.

Asante will again chair Temple’s African-American studies department

“I accepted the position and told her I wanted to move the department to the vanguard position in the African-American studies field that it used to be in the ’80s and ’90s,” he said.

In recent weeks, students held protests supporting the faculty’s right to choose a chair.

Soufas placed the department in “receivership” last year after former chair Nathaniel Norment retired in July 2012 and named as acting chair Jayne Drake, vice dean of academic affairs.

via Asante will again chair Temple’s African-American studies department.