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Published On: Sat, Feb 3rd, 2018

Colgate University’s Barbara Regenspan attacks Cornell for allowing Dick Cheney to speak, he’s an ‘extremist demagogue’

An educational studies at Colgate University penned an objection to former Vice President Dick Cheney speaking at Cornell University. Barbara Regenspan wrote a letter to The Cornell Daily Sun, calling Cheney one of the “extremist demagogues” and the school should not pay for security.

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The professor’s letter targets the president of the Cornell Republicans, Austin McLaughlin, for omitting in Sun story that Cheney “masterminded a disastrous war based on the known lie of Iraq’s possession of ‘weapons of mass destruction,’” and which killed “at least 460,000 mostly civilian Iraqis.”

“In response to the implied lack of meaningful conversation at Cornell, I have an alternative ‘conversation’ to propose: Should Cornell continue to pick up the large share of security fees related to Cheney’s visit? Cornell’s fee-paying parents ought to converse with administrators about deducting from the fees they pay this year the share that provides security for Cheney and other extremist demagogues who speak on campus based on the vapid justifications of one uninformed student.”

The vice president’s visit is being funded by the CR’s donors as well as the Young America’s Foundation.

Cheney served as America’s 46th vice president under President George W. Bush, a decade in the House of Representatives, and served as the White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of Defense.

From Regenspan’s bio, under Interests:

Social justice-focused teacher education, particularly in the areas of literature and history. This interest infuses all of my teaching in educational philosophies, politics, including democracy and education, women and education, and curriculum theory, where students find that my courses bridge teacher education and foundations of education because of their social reconstructionist content. I am always asking, “What should school curriculum look like if the goal of education is to reconstruct our socially and economically inequitable world?” (emphasis added, BBJ – Dispatch)

…I am guided by imagined conceptions of a “wholeness of labor,” and “social action as curriculum,” but also a very practical sense of “leaking” our deepest values in the pattern that frames our lessons, and our understanding that every lesson must include an active component where students use their literacy skills in sophisticated and clearly targeted ways. In the past few years, though, I have come to conceive of the all curriculum as haunted by the ghosts of people and ideas that have been rubbed out as part of the process of justifying an economic system that perpetuates our non-sustainability crisis. To make us all aware of the hauntings must be the beginning of an education that awakens us to possibilities.

College Fix noted that:

Regenspan did not send in a complaint letter when it was announced that our last vice president, Joe Biden, was to speak at Cornell’s convocation last year. After all, Mr. Biden supported the invasion of Iraq, Regenspan’s dubious terminology (“known lie”) notwithstanding.

The professor did write a letter, however, berating Cornell for hosting Rick Santorum in late 2016 (he’s an “extreme Islamaphobe, climate change denier, homophobe and sexist”), and was quoted in a Sun article belittling the former Pennsylvania US senator’s intellect.

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