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National Review dumps U of I emeritus prof

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 15:11:19 CDT

A University of Illinois professor emeritus is no longer welcome as an online contributor for the conservative National Review. The magazine announced on Tuesday that Robert Weissberg's postings on higher education would no longer appear, due to a speech he gave last month at a Tennessee conference hosted by American Renaissance, a magazine known for white supremacist and anti-immigrant views. Weissberg says the conference was indeed controversial. But he says that in his speech, he argues that white nationalism is a dead end.

"What I suggested as an alternative, just so you know, was that people who want that kind of existence should move to areas that are largely white."

Weissberg was a political science professor at the U of I Urbana campus for 27 years, retiring in 2002. A former head of the political science department who oversaw Weissberg has harsh words for him. Peter Nardulli, now head of the U of I's Cline Center for Democracy, calls Weissberg's comments disappointing and says his emeritus status is his only claim to credibility. Nardulli suggests that the board of trustees strip Weissberg of that status, but online documents from the campus Provost office show no procedure for doing so.

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