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Betsy DeVos Threatens to Cut Funding to UNC & Duke for Middle East Studies Program

HeadlineSep 20, 2019

The Trump administration is threatening to cut federal funding to a Middle East studies program run jointly by Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The U.S. Education Department recently wrote to the schools claiming its classes are unfairly promoting “the positive aspects of Islam” but not Christianity or Judaism. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos ordered a probe into the Middle East studies department after North Carolina Republican Congressmember George Holding accused the program of having a “severe anti-Israeli bias and anti-Semitic rhetoric.” Academic freedom advocates have criticized the Trump administration’s actions.

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