Crossposted at Marathon Pundit:
The craziness at Chicago's DePaul University continues into the new year. Marathon Pundit has been chronicling the insanity going on at DePaul, a Catholic University run by the Vincentians.
Besides the Thomas Klocek free speech battle, the attempt to silence the College Republicans there, now DePaul is going after "Empire."
To the far-Left, "Empire" is of course a code word for the United States.
From FrontPage Magazine and friend-of-the blog Steven Plaut:
Q: How do you know when America has crossed the line into an oppressive, occupational empire?
A: When DePaul University begins studying it.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at DePaul and its Dean, one Chuck Suchar (a sociologist), have officially announced a "College Theme Series" entitled "Confronting Empire" for the 2005-6 academic year. This is a DePaul faculty initiative involving the participation of various departments and programs throughout the college. The organizers call themselves the "Empire Committee," sounding like something out of Star Wars. Naturally, the evil empire under examination is the United States.
The "Empire Committee" has invited a Who's Who of radical anti-Americanism to campus for the series. The roster includes pro-terror communist Tariq Ali, who thinks that 9/11 was caused by American fundamentalism; Bill Goodman from the so-called "Center for Constitutional Rights," which devotes most of its time to defending the terrorists in Gitmo; and Seungsook Moon from the Department of Sociology at Vassar, who will speak on "Politics of Gender and Sexuality in the Global U.S. Military Empire." The DePaul "Anti-Empirists" are also featuring an evening of "anti-nationalist" poetry and readings, and an evening of "theater" featuring the play "Guantanamo," based upon the writings of Gitmo terrorist detainees.