Northwest Indiana professor under fire for alleged anti-Muslim comments

December 9, 2011

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Professor Maurice Eisenstein at the Senate Faculty meeting at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana.

Some students at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana were outraged by one of their professors, Maurice Eisenstein, who teaches political science at the Northwest Indiana university.

He came under fire for comments made in lectures and online which many considered anti-Muslim.

Eisenstein was also alleged to have made questionable comments about other groups, including blacks and Hispanics.

Some students claimed Professor Eisenstein’s comments have intimidated Muslim students. The professor denied he was anti-Muslim or intimidating.

But WBEZ’s Northwest Indiana reporter, Michael Puente, said the professor was known for his provocative views on local politics.

Puente has been following the controversy and joined Eight Forty-Eight to share the latest on the controversy.

And to learn more about academic freedom and its limits, Eight Foryy-Eight was joined by joined by Robert Kreiser, an adjunct professor at George Mason University and the associate secretary of the American Association of University Professors.