Debate grows over Khalidi candidacy

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Article/book #: 17777
Title: Debate grows over Khalidi candidacy
By: Chanakya Sethi  
Published in: Daily Princetonian
Date of issue: Thursday, 28 April 2005
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The potential appointment of a professor embroiled in the controversy over Middle Eastern studies at Columbia has polarized some members of Princeton's Jewish community.

On Friday morning, Wilson School professor and Center for Jewish Life (CJL) board member Stanley Katz wrote a sharply critical email to Arlene Pedovitch '80, the CJL interim director, about her public comments regarding Rashid Khalidi.

Khalidi, director of Columbia's Middle East Institute and a prominent historian, is being considered for Princeton's new Robert Niehaus '78 chair in contemporary Middle East studies.

"In the first place, I don't think the CJL has or should have a position on an academic appointment in this university," said Katz, a former CJL board president. The message (full text), which was leaked to The New York Sun and quoted in a story Tuesday, was also addressed to Hank Farber GS '77, the current CJL board chair.

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