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Jun 8, 2011

Yale Pulls the Plug on Useless Anti-Semitism Institute

 

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Yale-C-123455979.html


Yale Pulls the Plug on Anti-Semitism Institute

Anti-Defamation League is upset about the decision.

Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011  |  Updated 7:04 PM EDT
Yale Pulls the Plug on Anti-Semitism Institute

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Yale University has discontinued its institute dedicated to the study of anti-semitism.

The Anti-Defamation League is balking at Yale's decision to eliminate its course of study on anti-semitism. 

A faculty review committee said the 5-year-old Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism did not meet its standards on research and teaching, the New Haven Register reports,

The national director of the ADL said that, whatever the problems were, Yale should have tried to fix them, rather than shut down the program.

"Especially at a time when anti-Semitism continues to be virulent and anti-Israel parties treat any effort to address issues relating to anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism as illegitimate, Yale's decision is particularly unfortunate and dismaying," Abrahma Foxman said in a statement.

Political Science professor Donald Green told the Register that all programs are reviewed after five years on how well they promote interdisciplinary research and instruction at Yale.

"Little scholarly work appeared in top-tier journals in behavioral science, comparative politics, or history. Courses created in this area did not attract large numbers of students," Green said.
 




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1 comment:

kei and yuri said...

We were impressed a long time ago with the anti-academic free-for-all that is anti-Semitism studies. Ever wondered how anti-Semitism can always be concerningly, virulently "on the rise," without a break, since the early seventies? We actually found a book from a pseudo-scholarly symposium on anti-Semitism. It presently absolutely nothing that would not be thoroughly familiar to anyone who's ever read a newspaper (concerningly, even virulently, anti-Semitism is on the rise). Its internet section admitted that the Google hits it reported as research (!) were mostly anti- anti-Semitism, that is showing up in the search because of poor research skills and reflecting widespread disapproval of the non-phenomenon rather than approval, but pressed on with the revelation that this still underscored the scope of the problem.
It is literally not possible to be wrong in this field, except if you are ideologically wrong. It's as scientific as homeopathy. And it is downright funny to go back to the original edition of "the New Anti-Semitism," which literally attacks Jesus Christ Superstar and Philip Roth as anti-Semitic and/or self-hating.