UC changes Palestinian course listing

Daily Planet Wire Report
Saturday May 11, 2002

BERKELEY — Friday, officials at the University of California at Berkeley blamed the English Department for the listing of a course in which the instructor, an active supporter of Palestinians on campus, suggested that “conservative thinkers” should consider another course. 

The reading and comprehension course is titled “The Politics and Poetics of Palestinian Resistance.”  

It is taught by UC Berkeley graduate student Snehal Shingavi, an organizer with the group Students for Justice in Palestine, which was recently admonished by university officials for taking over a school building in April. 

UC Berkeley officials said the course description was a failure of oversight by the English Department in reviewing course descriptions. 

Officials vowed to make sure that, in the future, courses do not discourage qualified students from applying.