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Professor claims that Anti-Intellectualism violates her civil rights

Former Dartmouth professor Priya Venkatesan is threatening to sue her former students “because, she claims, their “anti-intellectualism” violated her civil rights.”

She maintains that some of her students were so unreceptive of “French narrative theory” that it amounted to a hostile working environment. She is also readying lawsuits against her superiors, who she says papered over the harassment, as well as a confessional exposé, which she promises will “name names.”

Ms. Venkatesan lectured in freshman composition, intended to introduce undergraduates to the rigors of expository argument. “My students were very bully-ish, very aggressive, and very disrespectful,” she told Tyler Brace of the Dartmouth Review. “They’d argue with your ideas.” This caused “subversiveness,” a principle English professors usually favor.

For the rest of this train wreck, see Dartmouth’s ‘Hostile’ Environment.

UPDATE: Greenfield has some great commentary on this issue here.

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