Professor Inadvertently Calls UNC Stupid

As we know, the local magazine Independent Weekly loves to hate on all things Pope-backed. I suspect they think it’s courageous in a “stick it to the Man, man” kind of way. Regardless of the thinking, though, it sometimes leads them to print rather silly quotes like the one below from UNC-Chapel Hill professor Hassan Melehy.

Melehy used to teach a class called “The World of the Beat Generation” until it was cut by the university in 2007. The Pope Center recently criticized the class as frivolous compared to professor Larry Goldberg’s much-loved “Elements of Politics” class. The number of sections of Goldberg’s class is slated to be cut from 2 to 1 in the Spring semester (The Daily Tar Heel has the details here).

Anyway, Melehy was incensed that the Pope Center thought his class was frivolous by comparison:

The Pope Center is entirely entitled to its opinions, but ‘less than consequential?’ It’s sheer stupidity to say that my course is less consequential than politics courses. Sheer stupidity.

Of course, by that definition, the university is also stupid, since it obviously agrees with the Pope Center. After all, UNC cut Melehy’s class years ago, while Goldberg is still teaching his.

Duke Cheston

Writer/reporter for the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

Reader Comments

  • hmelehy

    Get your facts straight. My course on the Beat Generation was not cut or cancelled by anyone — the Indy only reports that I haven’t taught it since 2007. I haven’t taught it because I’ve been an administrator with a reduced teaching load; I will teach it again in the near future, especially since I’ve been asked to do so repeatedly.

    Your whole post is based on a made-up fact, a nice contribution to confirming the kind of intellectual mush your organization is made of — as I said, “sheer stupidity.”

    In the interest of putting an end to your needless, baseless, dishonest insults of my teaching and of UNC, I highly recommend that you remove this post.

    Hassan Melehy
    Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature
    UNC-CH