History lesson : a race odyssey /

From the Publisher: In the early 1990s, Classics professor Mary Lefkowitz discovered that one of her faculty colleagues at Wellesley College was teaching his students that Greek culture had been stolen from Africa and that Jews were responsible for the slave trade. This book tells the disturbing sto...

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Author / Creator:Lefkowitz, Mary R., 1935-
Imprint:New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, ©2008.
Description:1 online resource (vi, 202 pages)
Language:English
Subject:Lefkowitz, Mary R., -- 1935-
Lefkowitz, Mary R., -- 1935-
Wellesley College.
Wellesley College.
Wellesley College.
Wellesley (Mass.) -- Wellesley College.
History -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Massachusetts.
Postmodernism and higher education.
Racism in higher education.
Antisemitism in higher education.
Academic freedom.
HISTORY -- Study & Teaching.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Educators.
Academic freedom.
Antisemitism in higher education.
History -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Postmodernism and higher education.
Racism in higher education.
Geschichtswissenschaft
Rassismus
Akademische Freiheit
Antisemitismus
Geschichtswissenschaft -- Postmoderne -- USA -- Memoiren.
Afrozentrismus -- Geschichtsschreibung -- USA -- Memoiren.
Geschichtsschreibung -- Afrozentrismus -- USA -- Memoiren.
Political correctness -- Geschichtswissenschaft -- USA -- Memoiren.
Postmoderne -- Geschichtswissenschaft -- USA -- Memoiren.
Geschichtswissenschaft -- Political correctness -- USA -- Memoiren.
Geschichtswissenschaft.
Akademische Freiheit.
Rassismus.
Antisemitismus.
Massachusetts.
Wellesley (Mass.) -- Wellesley College -- Memoiren.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11286488
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ISBN:9780300145199
0300145195
9780300126594
030012659X
1282089455
9781282089457
Digital file characteristics:data file
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-187) and index.
Summary:From the Publisher: In the early 1990s, Classics professor Mary Lefkowitz discovered that one of her faculty colleagues at Wellesley College was teaching his students that Greek culture had been stolen from Africa and that Jews were responsible for the slave trade. This book tells the disturbing story of what happened when she spoke out. Lefkowitz quickly learned that to investigate the origin and meaning of myths composed by people who have for centuries been dead and buried is one thing, but it is quite another to critique myths that living people take very seriously. She also found that many in academia were reluctant to challenge the fashionable idea that truth is merely a form of opinion. For her insistent defense of obvious truths about the Greeks and the Jews, Lefkowitz was embroiled in turmoil for a decade. She faced institutional indifference, angry colleagues, reverse racism, anti-Semitism, and even a lawsuit intended to silence her. In History Lesson Lefkowitz describes what it was like to experience directly the power of both postmodernism and compensatory politics. She offers personal insights into important issues of academic values and political correctness, and she suggests practical solutions for the divisive and painful problems that arise when a political agenda takes precedence over objective scholarship. Her forthright tale uncovers surprising features in the landscape of higher education and an unexpected need for courage from those who venture there.
Other form:Print version: Lefkowitz, Mary R., 1935- History lesson. New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, ©2008 9780300126594
Standard no.:9786612089459