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5/18/2005

Somebody call David Horowitz

I'm sure Mr. 'Academic Freedom' will be all over this ... right?

Yale University is getting rid of a popular anthropology professor, setting off protests from supporters who believe he is losing his job for being an anarchist and for visibly backing graduate student unionization. As the professor considers filing a formal grievance with the university, anthropologists and labor officials nationwide have already organized an online petition signed by 3,000 people.

The decision not to renew David Graeber’s contract after the end of the 2005-6 academic year was made in a private meeting of 12 senior faculty members who are required to keep the proceedings confidential. In the absence of an explanation from the panel, Graeber and his supporters insist that the decision could not have been made based on his work.

“His scholarship was at the level he would have had tenure at any normal university,” said Marshall Sahlins, an anthropology professor at the University of Chicago. “As he has become a more visible anarchist,” added Andrej Grubacic, a researcher at the State University of New York at Binghamton, who has worked with Graeber, “he has encountered more opposition, fallen out of favor."

(Link via Brian Leiter.)

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