Brooklyn, NY – Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s (D-Brooklyn) efforts to oust Professor Petersen-Overton from his teaching appointment have proven successful. Hikind had contacted both [reported earlier today by VIN News] Brooklyn College President Dr. Karen L. Gould, as well as CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, to decry the recent appointment of Adjunct Professor Kristofer J. Petersen-Overton who was hired to teach a Politics of the Middle East graduate course this spring at the College.
Several concerned Brooklyn College political science graduate students contacted the Assemblyman who, in turn, wrote to Dr. Gould after reviewing the grossly biased course syllabus and researching Petersen-Overton’s professional background and published works.
Mr. Petersen-Overton has authored a number of anti-Israel papers, including one entitled, Inventing the Martyr: Martyrdom as Palestinian National Signifier, which endeavors to justify Palestinian suicide bombings as a means of “struggle and sacrifice” against “Israeli occupation.”
“I am absolutely thrilled that Brooklyn College made the right decision and removed Professor Petersen-Overton from his post,” Hikind said. “This was a matter of preserving academic integrity, and in this instance, Brooklyn College did so. Students can now be assured of receiving a fair and balanced education in the subject of Middle East politics.”