At Monterey Peninsula College Requirement, #14 of the school’s “Course Proposal Outlines” forced all professors to address diversity and multiculturalism: “Include a description of how course topics are treated to develop a knowledge and understanding of race, class and gender issues.” Professor of English David Clemens refused to go along with the multicultural loyalty oath and submitted a course outline for his English 38-on literature, technology, and human nature-with an objection to the Requirement. His course was not approved by the committee, and he was then criticized and attacked by the administration (including letters in local newspapers). FIRE mounted a campaign against Requirement #14, arguing that the requirement went against the tenets of academic freedom. In response to Clemens’s persistence and FIRE’s campaign, the President of MPC’s academic senate, ruled that Requirement #14 was voluntary, and no longer would be a requirement for the adoption of any course.
September 14, 2000
MONTEREY, CA—In a resounding victory for freedom of conscience and academic freedom, with implications for countless campuses, Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) has eliminated Requirement #14 of its “Course Proposal Outlines.” In doing so, it vindicated the rights of a courageous professor who stood tall for liberty. Requirement #14 forced all professors to address diversity and multiculturalism: “Include a description of how course topics are treated to develop a knowledge and understanding of race, class and gender issues.” MPC did not count on David Clemens and FIRE. Administrators at the California college had informed their faculty that Requirement #14 was mandated […]» Read More
July 11, 2000
by David Clemens “ Course Description : Computers and biotechnology put humans on a collision course with our own creations. Computers reduce people to input mechanisms; machines approach human intellectual functioning; cloning is a reality. As humans become more machine-like, machines become more human-like, a convergence depicted by many 20th century artists.” Imagine a college class studying books and films about whom (and what) we may come to define as human. From Metropolis to The Matrix, students would ponder the predictions of visionary authors and directors. Actually, you don’t have to imagine because I proposed […]» Read More