Months before a Columbia University dean was named to a special committee convened to investigate student complaints about professors' hostility to Israel, the dean took a trip to Saudi Arabia that she acknowledges was "largely" paid for by Saudi Aramco, the kingdom-owned oil company.
The dean, Lisa Anderson of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, was one of five members of the committee named in December 2004. The committee for the most part cleared the accused scholars of blame, prompting critics to describe their report as a whitewash.
"Saudi money is borderline corruption," said a research associate at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University, Martin Kramer, who has been a vocal critic of Middle Eastern studies in America.
Blatant, corrupt, despicable......... ILMA (ivy league my ass).
As always the New York Sun is front and center on this bombshell. Columbia has a seriously damaged reputation in it's MEALAC department.They are either unwilling or unable to rehabilitate. Take a refresher here, here, here, here, here, and here and here just for starters.
The Saudis?They have us down cold. They've got our number.............and that number is a price tag. They buy our curriculums and brainwash our fine young minds. It is a tried and true formula proven by the wild success of wahhabism. And our universities are only to happy to pimp for them.
This is Columbia University and they refuse to get off the Saudi crack. Even the notoriously lefty New York wasteof Times has come down hard on corruption at Columbia. The only thing these people understand is $$$$ no matter how dirty so lets get them of the federal dole until they come clean. WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMEN, HOUSE, AND SENATE REPS. REFORM FUNDING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION. VOTE FOR TITLE VI.
My question is, when did America's universities become such whores? Where is the higher ground? Where is the moral compass? There should be Rachel Fish training in every one of our middle and high schools.
UPDATE: Too bad the Saudis take a different approach to intellectual life (or is that death?) back in the motherland
channeling Mao Tze Dong
UPDATE: January 12th A voice of reason in a sea of ...............
The faculty of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism voted not to send a professor along on a trip to Saudi Arabia largely paid for by the kingdom’s state-owned oil company,viewing it as a “propaganda junket” that would have set a poor ethical example for students.
Other Columbia professors and schools apparently had a different standard.
Ms.Anderson earlier this week sought to defend the trip, saying she found it “very instructive” and that her school’s students and faculty “often” travel around the world on projects funded by outside organizations or governments
But the journalism school opted out.
“We voted overwhelmingly not to participate in the program, because it was perceived as a propaganda junket — both for Saudi Arabia and Aramco.
There was little debate among the faculty over the issue, according to professors involved. The dean of the journalism school, Nicholas Lemann, said, “The feeling was that j-school professors should not accept junkets paid for by companies or foreign governments.” To do so, he added, would be a violation of journalistic ethics and inappropriate for professors who serve as role models to their students.
The National Council on U.S.–Arab relations helped organize the trip. Representatives of Saudi Arabia. Read it all over at the New York Sun.
Ah, nothing quite like a blast of fresh clean air.........