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Monday, October 13, 2003

News from Rutgers

From an AP article today, there was apparently an off-campus brawl involving a fraternity, a social club and members of the wrestling team. The substance of the article is of no interest to me, but the last line, quoting Rutgers President Richard McCormick, is:
[The school] "will pursue all appropriate actions against any Rutgers students who took part in the incident."
I just wonder why he didn't say that about Abe Greenhouse when that student threw a pie in the face of Natan Sharansky. That incident, and the lack of fallout (onto Abe) afterward, continues to bug me.

Rallies Galore
The Rutgers Daily Targum today features two articles about 'Israel Inspires' events - here and also here - and another about the counter-rally, denouncing 'Israel Inspires.'

Photo from the Daily Targum: Samia Shoman, left, and Silvia Sweidan from California hold pro-Palestine signs Saturday outside Cooper Dining Hall on Douglass campus.

Among a dozen other speakers at the counter-rally, "author and activist" Tariq Ali called for "a battle of ideas." He said, "If we are united [against President Bush and British PM Blair], ultimately even the biggest, the greatest, the largest, the most powerful empires will begin to shake and tremble."

If you have lots of time to spare, you may want to check out this interview with Tariq Ali - from the "Conversations with History" series at UC-Berkeley's Institute for International Studies. It begins like this:
Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Tariq Ali, who is a writer, broadcaster, filmmaker, and a major figure in the European New Left. He is the author, most recently, of The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads, and Modernity, and is an editor of the New Left Review. He's on the Berkeley campus to deliver the 2003 Sanford S. Elberg Lecture in International Studies.
P.S. - Hanan Ashrawi was also a Sanford S. Elberg Lecturer (2000).

I wonder what Dr. Elberg, Professor Emeritus of Bacteriology and Dean Emeritus of the Graduate Division, thinks of what is being said under the rubric of honoring his name.

I know he was in the thick of things at Berkeley in the 60s. I'll see what I can find out.