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February 01, 2011

Partisan Politics at Brooklyn College

Kristofer Petersen Overton

A battle has erupted in Brooklyn College over the appointment of a pro-Palestinian activist to teach a graduate seminar on Middle East politics, with a focus on the Arab-Israeli conflict. A political science student enrolled in the class raised concerns over the syllabus, writings and anti-Israel leanings of the instructor, Kristofer Petersen-Overton, who is a 26-year-old graduate student himself.

After receiving multiple letters of protest over the appointment, including one from New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, the college rescinded the appointment -- a move that was subsequently reversed. The seminar will convene for its first class on Thursday. Meanwhile, students are petitioning the Brooklyn College administration and president Karen Gould to review and revise the slanted course syllabus.

Posted by RH at February 1, 2011 11:08 AM


Perhaps it's best if all funding to Brooklyn College cease until this anti-semite is no longer a part of the campus. Then and only then will the "voice of the people be heard"

Posted by: Redbear at February 4, 2011 04:22 PM

I could be wrong but why don't you let him speak and ever time he speak give him the truths and facts about what is the true that go on in Israel We should not be afraid to educated this person. He will go somewhere else with his what he think to be the true. The True will set him free. Don't not challenge him just give him the truths and facts

Posted by: Hyman at February 5, 2011 05:13 PM

It's amazing how hypersensitive the American public is to any form of racism or bigotry--unless it's aimed @ Jews. Can you imagine how this jerk would be treated if he had published anti-black leanings?

Posted by: Al neuman at February 7, 2011 09:52 PM

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