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What I find additionally interesting about this termination of  student Kristofer Petersen-Overton is no one seems to be addressing the potential biased and/or racist beliefs and actions being implemented by Assemblyman Hikind and BC President Karen Gould.   Why aren't Mr. Order discount acyclovir Hikind and Ms. Order discount acyclovir Gould being questioned about their own religious prejudices and apparent intolerance to other beliefs other than their own? Israel partisan gets Brooklyn College to fire Patersen-Overton; "now they're going after graduate students" - asks for support http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2010/08/31/alg_brooklyn_college1.jpg CounterPunch, order discount acyclovir Joshua Sperber - Brooklyn College fired PhD student Kristofer Petersen-Overton yesterday, order discount acyclovir one day after New York tate assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) sent a letter to BC president Karen Gould accusing Petersen-Overton of being an "overt supporter of terrorism." Hikind has complained in interviews that Petersen-Overton's academic work is anti-Israel, order discount acyclovir and that his attempt to "understand" suicide bombing is unfathomable. Order discount acyclovir Petersen-Overton and I are colleagues at the CUNY Graduate Center JS: You were preparing to instruct a course on the Middle East and were fired. Order discount acyclovir What happened? KPO: I was hired by Mark Ungar at Brooklyn College's political science department on the recommendation of Dov Waxman at the Graduate Center. Order discount acyclovir I went in for an interview, order discount acyclovir and he was impressed with my credentials. Order discount acyclovir I have an MA and I've published on the situation [in the Middle East], order discount acyclovir and he said "I would be honored to have you." And this was for a grad level seminar, order discount acyclovir which is not lecture-based, order discount acyclovir meaning that our classes would be discussion-oriented and not some sort of alleged platform. JS: What was the official explanation for your firing, order discount acyclovir and why doesn't it make sense? KPO: I have not once been contacted by the department itself, order discount acyclovir but I was told that the official reason I have been fired is that I don't have a PhD, order discount acyclovir which is untrue, order discount acyclovir because no student teaching this course has a PhD, order discount acyclovir and there are of course many student teachers at BC who do not have their PhD's. Order discount acyclovir And I'll point out that I am somewhat more qualified than many student teachers because I came into the program with a Master's degree, order discount acyclovir which many students who are teaching for CUNY don't have. I was fired immediately after Dov Hikind contacted the school. Order discount acyclovir He is an especially radical assemblyman who goes after people who he perceives as being anti-Israel. Order discount acyclovir He's actually made a career out of targeting people for alleged anti-Israel bias. JS: And the charge of bias is doubly problematic. Order discount acyclovir Because, order discount acyclovir one, order discount acyclovir it's inaccurate. Order discount acyclovir But, order discount acyclovir two, order discount acyclovir even if it were accurate, order discount acyclovir what does it imply? KPO: We all come to the table with our personal political views; there's not a single professor who doesn't have their own views. Order discount acyclovir So it all comes down to how one approaches those views, order discount acyclovir and I devoted an entire class in the syllabus to the subject of objectivity and humanism, order discount acyclovir meaning I wanted to put this issue of bias on the table to facilitate open and productive discussions. JS: What does your firing suggest about contemporary politics and higher education? KPO: They've targeted professors up for tenure for so long and have been relatively unsuccessful except for several cases, order discount acyclovir like with Norman Finkelstein (JS: and, order discount acyclovir among others, order discount acyclovir Nicholas De Genova and Thaddeus Russell, order discount acyclovir at Columbia University and Barnard College, order discount acyclovir respectively), order discount acyclovir now I think they're going after graduate students before their careers even begin. Order discount acyclovir One of the most direct implications of this which is deeply troubling is not the fact that people take issue with one particular class, order discount acyclovir which is inevitable, order discount acyclovir but the way in which the college administration caved so quickly – for it to occur within 24 hours is incredible to me, order discount acyclovir and the school never even consulted me. Order discount acyclovir For this to be decided by a state official poking his nose in a college syllabus is Orwellian. Order discount acyclovir I've received tremendous support, order discount acyclovir which I'm very grateful for. Order discount acyclovir Norman Finkelstein wrote me, order discount acyclovir and after I contacted Neve Gordon he (Gordon) contacted BC's provost, order discount acyclovir writing that he reviewed my syllabus and that it was excellent and reflected a number of different perspectives, order discount acyclovir noting that the textbook was mainstream and "emphasizes the Zionist narrative." He also read a scholarly paper I had written, order discount acyclovir and wrote that he was "struck by (my) academic rigor." JS: What can people do to lend support? I would be greatly appreciative if people can send an email to the provost, order discount acyclovir even better a letter, order discount acyclovir and tomorrow it would be great if people could call, order discount acyclovir and more importantly if people could disseminate this story. Order discount acyclovir It's especially disgusting that they would go after a grad student, order discount acyclovir because they have not only impacted my career but also my income and health insurance. Office of the Provost (William A. Order discount acyclovir Tramontano) Brooklyn College 2900 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, order discount acyclovir New York 11210 718.951.5000 tramontano@brooklyn.cuny.edu