A (WHO?) professor of (WHAT ?)
Well, I guess it’s time to eat a little crow. I gave UNC some grief for (1) hiring Gene Nichol and (2) giving him a “distinguished professor”-ship named after a member of The Dave Matthews Band.
Well, the latest edition of my college alumni association magazine arrived today. I got my undergraduate degree from The George Washington University in DC. The school is named after The Father of Our Country. Yet — at least when I was there — it had a Progressive Student Union (a proud subsidiary of the Communist Youth League) with a membership that rivaled the College Democrats and outnumbered the College Republicans.
I remember one professor who proudly boasted of his social democrat political heritage. I had an economics professor — from the Netherlands — who did not seem to be aware of anything other than Keynesian theory.
I actually had a class taught by a conservative. Constantine Menges — President Reagan’s NSC adviser during the Iran-Contra affair — taught my senior thesis class.
Well, the latest alumni magazine has a pitch to alumni to contribute toward endowing professorships. The pitch includes a blurb from Dr. Eric Arnesen, James R. Hoffa Teamsters Professor in Modern American Labor History. To quote Frank Barone — Holy crap.
That’s not the son who you see all over the news cheering on Democrats. We’re talking about HIS FATHER — the guy who disappeared in 1975 never to be seen again.
Can you major in Modern American Labor History? Other than left-wing agitator or “community organizer” or Obama White House aide, what kind of work does that qualify you for?
GW is regularly ranked as one of the more expensive — from a tuition standpoint – institutions of higher learning in the country. And they’re paying a salary for THIS GUY.
*Oh, I’m suuuuuuuure capitalism is getting a,um, ”fair shake” in Dr. Arnesen’s lectures.*