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Re: “Under Margaret Spellings, will UNC’s liberal arts programs become a thing of the past?

I've been a faculty at UNC for over 20 years now. I am a scientist, so if the typical stereotype is used I'd be rather oblivious to the selection of the new president since I do not care for that area of humanities called Liberal arts. But I do care, and very much so, and I start by saying that to choose Ms. Spelling, the major instigator of that monumental failure of the Bush education effort, "No child left behind' is like putting Gomer Pyle president of Princeton's Center for Advanced Studies. It is not only outrageous but demonstrates a brutal lack of imagination, shared only by people like Ms. Spelling. Of course that Art Pope must've had something to do with this horrible selection. Being a scientists I am worried too that UNC will follow Mr. Pope's suggestions about eliminating (in fact forbidding) any climate change studies in UNC and that the environmental programs will be reduced to job shops for 'entrepreneurs' looking for a way to exploit the rest of nature that is still untouched.
In my 20 years here I have seen what was the university of the people of NC transformed into a private corporation, governed by administrators. It used to be that the chancellor was an intellectual leader of the community, the state and even the nation. Not any more. Now the chancellor is a fund raiser, and that's the main qualification of those who get there. No more intellectuals! In fact when I hear the word intellectual, I go for my gun. That was once said by a general of Franco's army, shortly after the beginning of the Spanish civil war. Ms Spelling is just like that. She will tremble at any sights and sounds of intellectuals, of artists, of queers, of liberals and people with brains...just like all the Republicans I have ever heard of.

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Posted by josephine related on 11/04/2015 at 1:59 PM

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