Prof preaches on why Jesus condemned the rich

Prof preaches on why Jesus condemned the rich

A DePaul University professor gave a September lecture in which he claimed that Jesus condemned the rich.

DePaul political science Professor David Lay Williams substantiated, in a Mess Hall series lecture, Pope Francis’ claim that “inequality is the root of all social evil.” 

Williams “investigates the predatory lending practices and extremes of economic inequality in Jesus’ Roman Palestine” and ties it to the “development of economic inequality in Western political thought,” according to the event flier.

The university says that Williams found “a Jesus intent on reducing the corrosive effects of wealth, greed, and inequality and condemning those with great fortunes as unworthy inhabitants for the kingdom of God.”

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Williams contrasts Jesus with “Paul’s attitude toward pious Christians with wealth.” The professor did not respond to Campus Reform’s requests for comment in time for press.

“As our name suggests, our purpose is to support, encourage, and disseminate faculty in their research projects,” DePaul’s Faculty Scholarship Support Center (FSSC), which hosted the lecture, told Campus Reform. The email also explained that any interested graduate students, faculty, or staff are allowed to present their research to gain practice in front of an audience for feedback.

The FSSC provided Campus Reform with fliers of past presentations, including one entitled “Acknowledging the Unacknowledged Leninist Roots of Realism in E.H. Carr,” a lecture described as author E.H. Carr’s “foundational text of political realism,” which describes “Carr’s advocacy of appeasement and his complicated Bolshevik sympathies are often passed over in embarrassed silence.” 

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Another past presentation included “Seasons of Violence: Weather Patterns in Homicide Mortality Rates in the 100 Largest U.S. Cities, 2009–2012,” in which scholars were “to reconsider the impact of weather trends on homicide mortality patterns in the U.S.” 

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Self-described Marxist to deliver keynote at campus event

Self-described Marxist to deliver keynote at campus event

Barnard College professors in New York City will examine “decolonized feminist futures,” “Black Marxism,” and the "centrality of feminist organization to mass protest” against the Trump administration during an event on Saturday. 

The conference, titled "Global Radicalism: Solidarity, Internationalism, and Feminist Futures,” aims to "recover the histories and possible futures of anti-imperialist struggle.” Participants "will unearth hidden legacies of internationalist movements and reveal the potentials of decolonized feminist futures.”

The event is sponsored by the Racial Capitalism Working Group (Center for the Study of Social Difference, Columbia University), Barnard’s New Directions in American Studies, and The People’s Forum, a group that describes itself as "movement incubator for working class and marginalized communities."

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Included in the event program is a panel entitled “Black Left Feminist Internationalism.” Attendees of this session will examine "the radical anti-racist, anti-colonial, socialist internationalist, and feminist visions of social change” and "consider how Black Marxist feminists like Louise Thompson Patterson, Claudia Jones, Lorraine Hansberry, and others confronted racism, patriarchy, Capitalism, and imperialism in their own times.” 

Participants in the panel include University of Colorado-Boulder English professor and author of Black Internationalist Feminism: Women Writers of the Black Left, 1945-1995 Cheryl Higashida and Saint Mary’s University history professor John Munro, who wrote The Anticolonial Front: The African American Freedom Struggle and Global Decolonisation, 1945–1960. They will be joined by social justice activist Mariame Kaba, whose work focuses on “dismantling the prison industrial complex."

The “Decolonized Feminist Futures” panel will stress the importance of feminism in eroding cultures of imperialism and war and link the movement to protests of President Donald Trump’s administration. It will feature a discussion between co-chai

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Tulane mandates new students take Race and Inclusion course

Tulane mandates new students take Race and Inclusion course

Tulane University now requires all incoming students to enroll in a “Race and Inclusion” course, a new addition to the curriculum that has been condemned by some students for its lack of acknowledgment of viewpoint diversity. 

In a recent press release, Tulane announced that all new enrollees will be mandated to enroll in a course that focuses at least 60 percent of it content on “race and inclusion” to help students understand the  “increasingly diverse society” they live in. 

Courses such as “Dear White People,” “Critical Race Theory,” “Introduction to Fiction: Race and Inclusion,” and “Difference and Inequality” all fit the "Race and Inclusion" course requirement, according to the school’s course search and Campus Reform’s phone calls with to professors. 

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Professor Michael Cunningham, who advocated for the new requirement but won’t be teaching any of the classes, told Campus Reform that the new requirement was partially prompted by students’ disappointment with the lack of diversity engagement on campus. 

“One of the reasons that students reported a desire to attend to Tulane was because of the perceived diversity,” wrote Cunningham by email on Wednesday. “Many students reported that their perceptions were not met when they got to campus.” 

The new requirement will also prepare Tulane students for working with a diverse workforce, he added. 

“By the year 2044, the U.S. population will be comprised of [a] majority of people from racial, ethnic, and linguistic diverse backgrounds…  Thus, the ‘normal’ experience of growing up in the U.S. is inclusive of the experiences from racial and ethnic minority populations.

One of the classes that fulfill the requirement this semester is “Introduction to Fiction: Race and Inclusion.” Joel Dinerstein, the professor who will teach the course,  told Campus Reform that he compares it to a “bootcamp course on race.” 

The goal is for “students to read non-white authors critiqui

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