Fresno State Cancels A Middle East Studies Professorship Amid Alleged Right-wing Pro-Israel Pressure

Late last year, the California State University at Fresno began soliciting applicants for a newly created Edward Said Professorship in Middle East Studies, a teaching role named after the late Palestinian-American public intellectual. In a job posting, the school described the role as a ‘tenure-track, academic-year position’ teaching courses on the Middle East and helping develop the school curriculum on the region. Last week, however, after months of evaluating candidates, Fresno State abruptly announced that it would not be filling the role this year.

Joint Arts Program Featured in The Washington Diplomat

In most news accounts, refugees are just cold numbers calculated in the thousands or millions, not real people with faces, names and life stories ripped asunder by war.The faces of refugees are emerging from the statistics through the work of artists in the D.C. area and across the world who are protesting injustice on numerous fronts, ranging from the many controversies triggered by the Trump administration to human rights abuses by totalitarian regimes.