Tenured NYU Professor Under Fire for Mask Comments – Activist Post


02-11-20 07:56:00,

By Janet Phelan

Mark Crispin Miller, who teaches a course on propaganda at New York University in the Media, Culture and Communication Department, has been notified that he is to undergo a review board hearing after one of his students called for his firing due to his comments about masks.

According to Professor Miller, the student, Julia Jackson, only joined Miller’s course when it was into its second week. Almost immediately, she began to object publicly to his statements about the utility (or lack thereof) of masks and began to call for his firing.

On September 20, Jackson tweeted:

@nyuniversity: an MCC tenured professor spent an entire class period telling students that wearing masks doesn’t prevent the spread of COVID-19, and that hydroxychloroquine trials were made to fail so more people would be given the vaccine and have their DNA changed. thread 1/

— Julia Jackson (@julia_jacks) September 21, 2020

Jackson later followed up with another in a series of tweets:

I hope @nyuniversity, @nyusteinhardt, and @mccNYU agree that this professor should not be trusted with educating and advising students, and I hope they take immediate steps to relieve him of these duties. 8/

— Julia Jackson (@julia_jacks) September 21, 2020

The University responded with alacrity. On September 21, NYU sent out the following email to Miller’s students:

Date: September 21, 2020
To: Students in MCC-UE 1014
From: Dr. Carlo Ciotoli, MD, Executive Lead, COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team
Jack Knott, Dean, Steinhardt School
Re: A Message to Students in MCC-UE 1014

The tenets of academic freedom accord wide latitude to faculty in their scholarship and their teaching. NYU has the utmost respect for the principles of academic freedom, and so is naturally circumspect about commenting on views expressed by faculty.

Amid reports that your professor, Mark Crispin Miller, has been saying that masks are ineffective in checking the spread of COVID-19, we refer you to the most authoritative public health guidance, which recommends wearing a mask as an effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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