Academic Freedom Day at Hunter College

March 2, 2011 @ 1.00 PM
FDA Lounge 8th floor, West Building
Hunter College
New York, NY

Come hear from Kristofer Petersen-Overton, Adjunct Lecturer of Political Science at Brooklyn College who was fired from his position as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College one week before his course on Middle East politics was to begin. We will also discuss the implications for Academic Freedom at Hunter.

“Academic freedom is a bedrock principle of higher education. Without the freedom to pursue lines of inquiry wherever they may lead, faculty cannot truly contribute to the vibrant exploration of ideas that makes college a place of learning.” Professor Barbara Bowen, President, PSC/CUNYKristofer Petersen-Overton, a political science doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center, was fired from his position as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College one week before his course on Middle East politics was to begin. The case was taken up by the Brooklyn College administration after a student enrolled in his course raised concerns that Mr. Petersen-Overton’s alleged pro-Palestinian bias would prevent him from conducting a balanced seminar. The student contacted state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who then characterized Mr. Petersen-Overton as “pro-suicide bomber” in a letter to the college President. Following 1000’s of letters criticizing the action of Brooklyn College President and Provost, Kristofer Petersen-Overton was reinstated.

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