The Columbia University Report on Its Middle Eastern Department's Problems: Methodological Paradigm for Obscuring Structural Flaws

By Noah Liben

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), April 13, 2005

The author discusses alleged structural problems within Columbia University's Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures department (MEALAC), which include, but are not limited to, biased teaching, intimidation of pro-Israeli students and inadequate grievance procedures. He argues that the documentary "Columbia Unbecoming" exposed dozens of cases of faculty misbehavior and led to the appointment of an ad hoc faculty committee to investigate the charges. The author contends that the committee's report served to obfuscate structural flaws within MEALAC. He concludes that Columbia University is a paradigm for a large, prestigious institution that ignores deep-rooted problems and then tries to save face rather than correct them.

Topic: Movies, Anti-Zionism, Film, Anti-Israel Sentiment, Prejudice, Discrimination, Higher Education

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Coverage: New York , United States

Language: English

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Liben, Noah. The Columbia University Report on Its Middle Eastern Department's Problems: Methodological Paradigm for Obscuring Structural Flaws. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 13 April 2005: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2350


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