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OWS For Credit At Columbia University

January 4, 2012 by  

OWS For Credit At Columbia University

A new class being offered for credit at New York’s Columbia University will allow young people to join the ranks of OWS protesters not as unemployed, disgruntled activists, but as anthropology students.

Upperclassman and graduate students at the Ivy League school where the average yearly cost of attendance is around $60,000 — well over the annual income of Americans considered poor — will take to the streets under the direction of Dr. Hannah Appel to learn about economic inequality. The class is dubbed “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement.” Instruction will be split between spending time with the 99 percent and lectures at the college’s campus.

Appel, who earned a Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University, reportedly has previously spent time alongside OWS protesters and defended the movement on her blog, writing: “It is important to push back against the rhetoric of ‘disorganization’ or ‘a movement without a message’ coming from left, right and center.”

The professor told New York Post that though she does have affection for the protests, she believes she is still objective in her teaching methods.

“Inevitably, my experience will color the way I teach, but I feel equipped to teach objectively,” Appel told the Post. “It’s best to be critical of the things we hold most sacred.”


Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • s c

    Oooweeeee! Who says utopians don’t have a sense of humor? ‘Dr.’ Appel could not have been sober when she said ‘my experience will color the way I teach, but I feel equipped to teach objectively.’
    Folks, she’s a prof who gleefully confuses subjectivity with objectivity. Why, she could be a CZAR!
    At the very least, she could ‘work’ for the NY Times or any of the predictably subjective major TV networks. When I see people like ‘Dr.’ Appel get media access, I’m glad I avoided most social studies courses. She proves that anybody who refuses to sort subjectivity from objectivity truly has a retard for a prof and a dumbed-down robot for a student.
    She could have gone to ‘work’ for any non-profit,
    still be as a card-carrying, retarded utopian and saved thousands of dollars. So much for an “education,” eh?

  • Sirian

    So the well respected robot university is offering new classes for their soon to be new COWS? Yep, they just love to program robot COWS.

    • MilitaryPatriot

      Just another abuse of the educational system and that of the tax payers picking up the tab. All the minorities will apply for a “we are entitled, because our skin color is dark, we are more special than whitey loan.” Than they will scream that they can’t pay back the loan, it’s not fair, than we will have to get taxed more. You just know that BO and the union scum bags (commie professors) are behind all this. Can you just picture a stupid kid coming home and telling their idiot parent that they enrolled in a basket weaving class, under water, to learn to make a fool out of themselves on to nights news! Look mom, I took a dump on a police car. Ant you proud of me, your little adorable commie. Future Obama robotic solders, his brats of the future. Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Boy!, I need a drink, make that two.

  • C. R.

    As I have said many times, New Yorkers are hicks and ignorant and stupid and this further proves it. They are the largest group of ill-informed, bed-hopping, and non-thinking people I have ever met on my trips to NYC and the garbage they write and get published reveals it even more. Gee, wonder why that state just doesn’t drop off into the surrounding waters? That would be a good start to cleaning up a lot of our mess in America. Then on to DC!

    • nyc patriot gal

      Not all New Yorkers are hicks, ignorant, and stupid. There are plenty of us here who are on the right side of things, and these OWS idiots are not the 99%. If they had any intelligence whatsoever, they would know that they can’t even do basic math, as they are more like .000000000000099%.

      While it is true that there are many libtards in NY, please realize that these people are screaming the loudest, while the rest of us are working, and leading responsible respectable lives.

      • Elaine

        nyc patriot gal:
        Glad to hear that there is indeed at least one person with some common sense in NY. I was beginning to think that all of NY was a pimple on the face of the United States.
        Gal: Get Thee The H**l out of NYC. It’s a cesspool especially with Bloomie in charge.

      • MilitaryPatriot

        Honey, you need to get out of Dodge city, ASAP. How is it that you have survived this long? And if there are more like you, than why don’t you and others get out there and let the rest of this country know that. This is all we see coming out of the stink hole of New York? Besides watching Bloomberg butt kiss the hateful Muslims.

    • MilitaryPatriot

      I would say that this is a good start. Dito

    • exbobbie

      Hey C R, If you can get NY to snap off and go into the ocean, I’ll see if I can get San Fransisco to snap off and go into our ocean, just to balance the country out and eliminate a large number of useless Dems, we will have to balance the country because as that mental giant in our congress said ” it might tip over”, another Dem.

  • 45caliber

    This isn’t any worse than colleges that offer credits for watching porn movies as some do.

    • s c

      45caliber, thanks for mentioning that. Some may not believe that an American school (college or a university) would DARE offer courses in pornography. It’s true.
      I had the chance to take at least one porn course (many years ago). I thought it was a combination of dumb and hilarious at the time. Since then, it serves to prove that some things can’t be left to mere professors who confuse academics with a warped, touchy-feely, ‘do whatever feels good’ approach to “higher” education. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of those over-educated dolts voted for Obummer and had a chance to be czars, too.

  • Bill Newton

    Dr. Hannah Appel should be placed on a funny farm. How did she ever gain a position with a University?

    • CJM

      She’s a friend of obammy’s mentor, saul…you know the kind.

  • J c

    It does my heart good to hear that the children of the wealthy and some professors are actually open to the possibility that something “stinks” on Wall St and the current financial set-up and that growing economic inequality in this country can and should be acknowledged and addressed.

  • CJM

    It’s going to be interesting when the good professor demonstrates to her ‘students’ how to defecate on a police car, how to rape a girl with drooling witnesses, and how to slit another’s throat (guess they’ll use a homeless person for that one). Yep, Anthropology has stooped to a new low thanks to Columbia University.

  • Ann

    Well, earlier this morning when the head was found near the Hollywood sign in California, the police said they felt it was a homicide. I nearly fell off my chair laughing. They felt it was a homicide. I thought it was a suicide!!!!! I thought that I had heard it all. But this beats anything I have heard about today. Columbia University! HA HA HA They have got to be kidding!!!! Dr. Hannah Appel needs to be committed for intensive psychiatric care because I think she’s off her rocker. This is the stupidest thing I’ve heard all day. College credit to participate in OWS for anthropology research? Here in Lincoln, the Occupy Lincoln folks are going to have to find someplace else for their little camp-out because where they are now is soon to be a construction zone.

  • exbobbie

    Well Ann, I’m glad you got a laugh out of the Hollywood sign ‘head’ story, makes you think doesn’t it. But it’s not surprising, the Chief of LAPD wont allow his officers to tow away the vehicles of illegal aliens at sobriety check points because “it isn’t their fault that they can’t get drivers licenses”, go figure, welcome to La La Land.


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