Re-writing history: academia at work

Scott says Investigate this. It is about where funds for the National Endowment for the Humanities is going.

As one of the 25 American scholars chosen to attend the workshop, Professor Penelope Blake anticipated an opportunity to visit hallowed sites such as Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial and the Punchbowl Cemetery and engage with scholars who share her interest in studying this often neglected part of World War II history.

Instead, Professor Blake was treated to the most disturbing experience of her academic career, a conference which she found to be driven by an overt political bias and a blatant anti-American agenda. Professor Blake has forwarded to us the following letter dated September 12, 2010, to Illinois Rep. Donald Manzullo, her congressman, documenting examples of what transpired at the conference. Copies of the letter were also sent to members of the NEH Council and to Leach. Professor Blake writes (all emphases are in the original):

There are some things to note, part of a pattern, in professor Blake’s letter. One is that, while she mentions names as sources, she sticks to the subject matter and behavior and not to characterizations of people with derogatory labels. Compare and contrast to, for instance, (S)He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense. The pattern about manner of dialog correlates well with a set of political or ideological beliefs. The Anti-American meme is found at the basis of many of them. This correlation is an indicator of the manner by which the belief or viewpoint is held. It should not be ignored.

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