Worshipping Edward Said at San Francisco State University
My latest Campus Watch blog post looks at a troubling development at San Francisco State University and, in a larger sense, the field of Middle East studies:
After a contentious two-year campaign waged by the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) and other supporters, a mural dedicated to the late Columbia University English and comparative literature professor Edward Said was unveiled at San Francisco State University (SFSU) last week.Continue reading "Worshipping Edward Said at San Francisco State University"
Former SFSU Arabic professor Fayeq Oweis – now teaching the same subject at Santa Clara University – was the lead artist for what's been labeled the "Palestinian Cultural Mural." The mural does include various symbols said to be associated with Palestinian culture, but it is Said's likeness that looms largest.