Think globally, act stupidly

Robert David Johnson offers a bleak glimpse into the world of “Global Studies”, a field of study which will presumably be for globalization-phobes what “Women’s Studies” was to feminists: a way to spend breezy, carefree, conflict-free semesters in the company of your ideological brethren; never having been challenged on your beliefs, or if you WERE challenged you raised a holy stink with the university disciplinary committee, claiming your sacred fundamental right to never be offended;and to quite probably come out more fragile and misguided than you went in.
And it contains this edifying if not exactly surprising bit (emphasis mine):

The globe in “Global Studies” departments contains exclusively negative attitudes toward one country (other than the United States): Israel. This year, St. Lawrence’s “Global Studies” major featured a special seminar on Palestinian activist and theorist Edward Said. The department also has a regular offering entitled, “Why Do ‘They’ Hate ‘Us’?” The instruction situates the 9/11 attacks “in several thematic contexts,” focused on a critique “of US involvement in the Middle East.”
Students in a “Global Studies” course called “Palestinian Identities,” finally, are introduced to Palestinian identification “as a political and cultural community as they continue to struggle to free themselves from Israeli domination.” The course concludes with a forced political activity: “using what we have learned,” Professor John Collins notes, “we organize and produce a public activity of some sort; with the goal of educating the community about the importance of understanding what Edward Said has called ‘the question of Palestine.’”
An objective portrayal of Israeli history, politics, or culture will not be found in a “Global Studies” course. That might be one reason why the Middle East Studies Association—representing a field that has come under increasing attack for its open bias against U.S. and Israeli foreign policy in the Middle East—advocated at its 2003 conference positioning Middle East studies in the context of “Global Studies.” MESA’s apparent rationale: since both “Global Studies” and “Middle East studies” courses are inherently biased against Israel, it makes sense to promote “Global Studies” offerings, since those have received less critical outside scrutiny.

Not for long, I’m hoping.

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