Drexel Criticized for Noam Chomsky Honor

Noam Chomsky (AP Photo/Nader Daoud)

Noam Chomsky (AP Photo/Nader Daoud)

Drexel University is under continuing criticism from Jewish groups for awarding an honorary degree to left-wing scholar and activist Noam Chomsky during its mid-June graduation ceremonies.

Chomsky, critics say, has been a virulent and unfair critic of Israel.

“Chomsky has seldom missed an opportunity to author a screed against Israel,” Abraham Miller, a senior fellow with the Salomon Center for American Jewish Thought, wrote last week in an essay that has been carried in The Jewish Exponent and the Algemeiner.

Chomsky, 86, a linguist at MIT, is Jewish. His own website features him among “famous Jews who have opposed Israel,” along with this quote: “In the Occupied Territories, what Israel is doing is much worse than apartheid. To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel, at least if by ‘apartheid’ you mean South African-style apartheid. What’s happening in the Occupied Territories is much worse.”

Read more »

Drexel Students Recreate a Giant, Terrifying, Revolutionary War-Era Spear

Photo courtesy of Britt Faulstick

Photo courtesy of Britt Faulstick

Back during the Revolutionary War, there was a 100-foot spear weighing hundreds of pounds that was stuck to the bottom of the Delaware River, pointing up. Its purpose, according to scholars, was to stop British ships dead in their tracks.

More specifically, the weapon was used to prevent an invasion of Philadelphia.

Drexel University students, along with anthropologist and associate professor Glen Muschio, are reconstructing the terrifying spear so that the Independence Seaport Museum can create a brace and show the real thing this year. Read more »

Drexel Hosts Zombie Con This Thursday

Courtesy of drexel.edu

Courtesy of drexel.edu

Scholars will bring the walking dead to life this Thursday at Zom(bie) Con: Feed Your Brrraaiins.

The daylong symposium will delve into all things zombie, with guest speakers sharing their perspectives and analyzing our fascination with zombie lit, zombie movies, and basically anything with the word zombie attached to it. But, according to press materials, they’ll take a look at the serious side of these lumbering horror figures, too.

“Zombies can help us deal with some difficult topics,” says Kevin Egan, PhD, director for the Center of Interdisciplinary Inquiry in Drexel University’s Pennoni Honors College.  “For example, if you look at film director George Romero’s use of zombies in the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead as a proxy for race relations at the time, you can see that not only are zombies really interesting and scary, but they can also represent some critically important problems that society is contending with.”​

Zom(bie) Con will be held at Drexel on Thursday, May 14th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending must register here.

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Drexel’s Upcoming Costume Exhibition

Dream closet status | Screenshot via Youtube

Dream closet status. | Screenshot via Youtube.

Ever wonder what goes into those insanely cool costume exhibitions Drexel hosts? Here’s your opportunity to find out. Drexel is hosting an event this Saturday with none other than Clare Sauro, the curator herself, to give guests a super-exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the making of a fashion exhibit as well as their not-yet-on-display retrospective exhibition, Immortal Beauty: Highlights from the Robert & Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection
(it doesn’t debut until October 2nd!). Read more »

Drexel Wants to Teach You About Restaurant Law

The lecture will be hosted by Drexel's school of Hospitality

The lecture will be hosted by Drexel’s school of Hospitality

Maybe your parents were disappointed that your love of food kept you from going to law school (what, I’m not projecting or anything).

Well, if you go to Drexel’s “Taste of Law with Greenberg Traurig, LLP” Lecture on Monday, Apr. 20, you can tell your parents that you basically went to law school anyway. And, at just $20 per person, this law school education will come with a much lower price tag than if you went the more traditional route.

Read more »

Drexel Professor Accidentally Sends Anal Beads Porn to Law Students

File this under “Big ol’ oopsie.”

lisa mcelroy

Above the Law reports that Lisa McElroy, a professor at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, accidentally sent her students an email that contained a link to a PornHub video called “She Loves Her Anal Beads.”

The email came with the subject line “great article on writing briefs,” but, well, that’s not exactly what the students got.

Read more »

« Older Posts