Reading the article and the responses by faculty and students, all I can say is that these folks live in a very different world than do I.
Here is the micro-aggressor in question
His bona fides quite the cover.
Still, spelling in bibliographies is a bitch. They're mostly names and your spell checker underlines practically everything. It is unfair to have to double check each and every one.<--snark
On the other hand, we only have the professor's word that this was the basis of the actual sit-in.
Rust, who is giving a series of lectures in China this week, could not be reached for additional comment.
So he conveniently ran off to China. Was that to avoid answering tough questions?<--snark
He said the protesters were also responding to a conversation in class between two students about critical race theory that he allowed to take place by not stopping the discussion.
Translation: Somebody critical of CRT got the upper hand in a debate and he didn't shut them down.
But seriously ...
I wasn't sure what Information Studies covered. Here's the abbreviated description from their webpage.
Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
The Department of Information Studies is internationally recognized for its work in areas such as digital archives and libraries, multimedia databases, social implications of the Internet
, organization of knowledge, and information policy.
That looks like a degree in Library Science with an emphasis on google. But social implications of the Internet? I admit there might be justification for that emphasis other than marketing the course.
Researchers focus on all kinds of environments where information is stored and retrieved, including the World Wide Web, public libraries, academic libraries, archives, museums, corporations, and schools. The department educates future librarians, archivists, scholars, researchers, and information professionals, focusing on system design and end-users of information and their needs and studying the ways people search for and use information.
It all sounds legit.
Both academic and professional programs prepare students to develop and apply knowledge that enhances the creation, access, preservation, and use of information in all forms and formats by individuals and institutions, always with an eye to promoting equity and access in a multicultural society.
What is the purpose of that? Does SQL have racist undertones? What about Dewey Decimal? Is this also just marketing the course or do we really need to keep an eye on equality in google searches?