College course explores feminist critique of masculinity

The University of Massachusetts-Amherst is offering a course next semester that will utilize a “feminist critique of masculinity” to explore how masculinity hurts male students. 

“Healthy Guys or Healthy Guise: Men, Masculinity, and Health” will be taught by Tom Schiff, a Social Justice Education professor who is also the president of Phallacies, a consulting company that offers theater workshops to help men resist the confines of masculinity. 

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“Utilizing a feminist critique of masculinity, this course will explore how constructions and performances of masculinity impact individual and collective health outcomes,” the course description notes, promising to take an intersectional approach to the subject.

By watching films, film clips, and other media images, Schiff hopes to teach students not only about how masculinity allegedly negatively impacts men’s health, but also “strategies for individual, institutional, and cultural change.” 

Reached for an interview by phone, Schiff declined. Nor did he respond to follow-up email requests, including one asking if he is aware of any research illustrating how educational programming on “masculinity” can be effective.

As Campus Reform has reported, no colleges that offer programs designed to tackle the problems allegedly associated with masculinity know whether their programs are actually effective—or perhaps even harmful. 

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The “Healthy Guys or Healthy Guise” class has been offered since at least Fall 2016. Unlike other scholars who differentiate between masculinity in general and “toxic masculinity” or “hegemonic masculinity,” a copy of the Fall 2016 syllabus indicates that Schiff is worried about masculinity writ large. 

“The major thrust of the course is to examine how the gendered social order influences men's individual and collective health behaviors, and the way men perceive themselves, other men, women, and health,” the syllabus notes. 

Topics of discussion included “the limits of masculinity,” the link between “health disparities and masculinities,” and how violence is allegedly “part of the male psyche and a f

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Anti-Israel activists aggressively disrupt UCLA panel

A group of anti-Israel activists aggressively derailed a discussion panel last week at the University of California-Los Angeles by flooding the venue with confrontational protesters. 

The protesters, who are alleged to be affiliated with Students for Justice in Palestine and the Revolutionary Communist Party of America, interrupted an “Indigenous Peoples Unite” event put on by Students Supporting Israel (SSI) at UCLA on May 17, loudly yelling and physically intimidating the panelists. 

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The event was billed as a place for the “sharing of stories” from Armenian, Kurdish, and Jewish communities. One attendee of the event, who described himself as a “neutral third party, interested in learning,” told Campus Reform that “the conversation had nothing to do with Israel or Zionism,” a report corroborated by SSI President Hirmand Daniel Sarasfian.

“Three different Middle Eastern indigenous communities will stand united in sharing the stories of their people—giving an overview of their history, struggles, and aspirations,” the description of the event read. “Discussions will center around these peoples' efforts in battling controversy, oppression, and revisionism.”

About forty minutes after the start of the discussion panel, however, dozens of protesters stormed into the room, aggressively confronting the speakers and preventing them from continuing the event.

Part of the intrusion was captured on video and later posted to Facebook by the Israel on Campus Coalition. The protest included megaphone chants, loud music, whistles, dancing, and destruction of property that was used for the event. 

Shortly after entering the room, the intruders started chanting anti-Israel and pro-Palestine slogans, including “justice is our demand, no peace on stolen land,” and “we don’t want two states, we want ’48,” referring to the founding of Israel in 1948.

One student was seen running up to the panel, tearing down a flag that was hanging behind the speakers, and directly shouting at one of the panelists while standing inches away from his face. A brief scuffle ensued after a member of SSI tried to retrieve the Israeli flag, which had been thrown on the ground. 

SSI’s board members attempted to mitigate the conflict by o

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College offers social justice Masters for scholar-activists

Marygrove College, a Catholic graduate institution in Detroit, is now offering students a chance to earn a master’s degree in Social Justice.

According to the program’s webpage, the graduate program “is ideal for those interested in learning and promoting social justice/ change and becoming a scholar/activist.” 

Through various courses offered by the program, students will get a chance to learn about concepts such as “corporate power,” “white privilege,” “psychology on social justice,” and more.

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Among the courses that count towards a Master of Arts in Social Justice degree are “Justice [in] U.S. Economic Structures,” “Religion and Justice: Conflict and Congruence,” “Organizing for Social Change,” and more.

“Examination of race and racism will be presented from the lenses of Colonialism, Post-Traumatic Slavery Syndrome, and the dysfunctional side of white privilege,” one course description reads. “In addition, it will explore contemporary perspectives on spiritual and emotional intelligence related to social injustices.”

“This course is designed to introduce students to the law and policy of environmental justice,” explains the description of another course. “Environmental justice is at the confluence of the civil rights movement and the environmental movement. Students will develop an understanding of the scientific, economic, ethical, and legal underpinnings of environmental justice decision-making with a focus on Detroit."

A course on human rights, meanwhile, offers students an opportunity to “examine how narratives (including films) enable or disable memory, truth telling, and justice in the aftermath of atrocity,” while a “special topics” Theology class helps pupils “develop their own theology of resistance.”

According to the main description of the degree plan, the Master of Arts in Social Justice curriculum is intended to provide “for analysis and reflection in the ways of thinking, including the values, assumptions, and the actions that maintain the economic, political, and cultural structures that shape our lives.”

“It also seeks to build competencies and skills to transform these structures toward a more just soci

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Liberal WaPo columnist to teach anti-Trump course at Harvard

A well-known liberal pundit will be teaching a course at Harvard University this fall titled "Donald Trump and the Challenge to Liberal Democracy.”

The class will be taught by liberal Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne, who is also the co-author of the book One Nation Under Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported.

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Dionne has long been a columnist for the Post, where he regularly expounds on his opposition to President Trump. Nine of his 10 most recent pieces, in fact, are definitively anti-Trump, with titles such as “We know a lot about Trump’s misdeeds. But most of all we know there’s more to come,” and “The steep price of the Trumpian circus.”

In another op-ed, however, Dionne insists that “Democrats aren’t so obsessed with Trump as you think.”

Dionne's latest post, titled “No one is an ‘animal’,” bashes Trump for calling members of the MS-13 gang “animals.”

“What’s not fake news is Trump’s refusal to take responsibility for using words quite deliberately to enrage, degrade, and divide,” Dionne writes. “In doing so, he debases and dehumanizes all of us.”

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"Is liberal democracy in crisis? Has it always been in crisis?” the course description begins, asserting that while “liberal democracy was largely taken for granted in the West, and many saw it as the wave of the future around the globe” in the recent past, “it has come under challenge in unanticipated ways” over the last decade.

Students will learn about how “far-right parties gained ground in many countries, although recent elections in Europe suggest that they have plateaued and might even be in retreat,” as well as how “Donald Trump's election brought this conversation directly to American shores.”

The class will attempt to draw parallels between contemporary politics and the years leading up to World War II, comparing the United States to France, Britain, the Netherlands, and Germany not only from a contemporary perspective, but also with respect to “the similarities and differences between our time and the 1930s.” 


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OPINION Why Im leaving Marquette University

I am leaving Marquette University due to the rampant political bias on campus and the school’s growing separation from the Catholic Church.

When I made the decision to attend college, I wanted to be a part of a community of learners that pushed boundaries, yet still held the values of the Catholic Church in high regard. I applied to many types of schools—East and West coast, large and small, with many in the middle. 

One component I always returned to was the idea of faith being the cornerstone of the institution, because it is something I wanted to incorporate into my higher education experience. I remember sharing this idea many times with my parents and knowing that it was my calling to continue to be at an institution that held the same values as I.

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Marquette University would be something new for me—a new adventure in a new state. It is a Jesuit and Catholic institution, which was one of the largest factors that prompted me to accept the opportunity to enroll.

After one year at the institution, however, I have discovered that Marquette is anything but a Jesuit and Catholic university. There is no acceptance of conservative thoughts, let alone “diversity of thought,” and opinions that I support are frequently shut down in the classrooms. 

I remember vividly a Comparative Politics class during which I mentioned that I found merit to the idea of building a border wall, only to be verbally rebuked by the professor for my opinion.

At one point, several professors hung Planned Parenthood signs on their office doors, yet the same administrators who are always quick to warn students against “microaggressions” still have not even issued a statement affirming the school’s pro-life values. 

Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, a psychology professor at Marquette, perhaps put it best when he told The College Fix that “We are not a seminary.” 

This is exactly what is wrong with the institution in my opinion. Putting our faith and heritage in a box and saying it can only be practiced in this setting. Our faith should be intertwined in each class and throughout daily life at the university.

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The firing of Dr. John McAdams has also inspired a great amount of concern among conservative students and p

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