University of Illinois professor Cary Nelson does an exercise with his students: They read Vietnam-era poetry, and then substitute references of the war and Lyndon B. Johnson with the Iraq conflict and George W. Bush.Of course it's okay to compare George Boosh to LBJ or Ahab or Moby Dick or Hitler or Krusty the Clown. For some reason, though, the word "childish," does not appear in the report.
Nelson — who teaches modern poetry courses and is the president of the American Association of University Professors — says faculty members absolutely have the right to draw comparisons and analogies across a range of subjects and historical periods.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Looks like a chimp, too
The Boulder Daily Camera notices the AAUP's 2007 report on academic freedom: