UC Irvine School of Humanities is announcing amid much fanfare the hiring of Professor Aijaz Ahmad as a professor of comparative literature.
Oops. Make that a Chancellor's professor.
"Aijaz Ahmad, renowned political and literary theorist, joins the School of Humanities as Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature"
So who is Aijaz Ahmad, other than being a "renowned political and literary theorist"? Apparently, he is a Marxist, anti-Israel, anti-Democracy and anti-Capitalist. Here is an interview of Ahmad by Asian Net TV News in 2014.
For one thing, he apparently isn't wasting any time attaching his UCI position to a petition he signed urging an academic boycott of a conference on India scheduled at Hebrew University in Israel this coming June.
Ahmad is number 4 on the list.
And look who is number 22 on the list: Why, none other than Jasbir Puar of Rutgers University. Great. A "renowned literary and political theorist" who doesn't believe in true academic freedom. I wonder what kind of "comparative literature" he will be teaching.
So it looks like we have another Marxist foe of democracy and Israel coming to UC Irvine-just in time for the May week of anti-Israel festivities, which will be brought to us by the Muslim Student Union and Students for Justice in Palestine. I wonder if he will be a featured speaker.
Just what UCI needs.