Film Professor Sues University for Violating Right to Academic Free Speech

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Audio-visual item #1514: Film Professor Sues University for Violating Right to Academic Free Speech
Participant(s)/creator(s):    Terri Ginsberg    Rima Kapitan
Produced by: Law and Disorder Radio
Date of issue: 30 November 2009
Type of content: audio
Length: 20'
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Commentary: This segment starts at 38'50'' into the programme.
Abstract: In the fall of 2007, Dr. Terri Ginsberg was hired to teach a film class at the North Carolina State University focusing on the media treatment of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 2008. She was also hired to help program a Middle Eastern film series. As Terri details in a grievance the director of the film studies program and the director of the Middle East studies program made a series of decisions that violated her academic freedom. Among the decisions was the limiting of Terri’s invovlement in the series that she had initially been hired to curate. Another was the criticism of an introduction she gave at the screening of the Palestinian film “Ticket to Jerusalem” as biased and overly political.

The grievance filed alleged violations of her First Amendment and equal opportunity rights under the University Code. Her grievance was dismissed on the grounds that it was filed too late and that she was no longer a university employee. Terri has now filed a lawsuit, one mention in the complaint states that in the views of several faculty, Jews who question and challenge the zionist colonial project are non-conforming Jews and therefore are outsiders and dangerous.

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