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Attack on Academia, Part 5: Interview with Tommy Curry

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Attack on Academia, Part 5: Interview with Tommy Curry

By Sarita Farnelli

"We’re moving back into a period of time when being a Black academic or a racialized minority in the university is an extremely dangerous occupation. People are threatening our lives because of our research. People are threatening our jobs because of our research." --Dr. Tommy Curry

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Attack on Academia, Part 4: Interview with Melissa Zimdars

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Attack on Academia, Part 4: Interview with Melissa Zimdars

By Sarita Farnelli

In November 2016, facing Donald Trump’s impending election, Zimdars created a document to help her students practice analyzing the credibility of various websites claiming to share news. After the list went viral, Zimdars was doxxed by alt-right activists, and quickly received a series of threats. At one point, campus security had to be posted outside her office door. 

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Attack on Academia, Part 3: Interview with Lisa Durden

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Attack on Academia, Part 3: Interview with Lisa Durden

By Sarita Farnelli

After appearing on Tucker Carlson Tonight to defend a Black Lives Matter event, Lisa Durden was met with a wave of online harassment and subsequently fired by Essex County College. However, Durden’s side of the story, revealing the lack of due process and communication from the college, indicates deeper problems faced by adjuncts, people of color and women that regularly contribute to similar incidents to her firing, which she described as a “public lynching.”

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