Northeastern University in Boston has big ambitions. As a private and popular institution, with more than 20,000 students, it rose from a night school to a commuter college to a leading research facility in health, homeland security, and other public policy issues. But in the academic environment, size and influence often attract unexpected or undesirable elements.
Questions are now asked about anti-Jewish and Islamist attitudes among Northeastern's staff. Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT), a nonprofit group, has produced a new video, "Anti-Semitic Education@ Northeastern University," which concentrates on the University's Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development (MEC), headed by political scientist Denis Sullivan.
Sullivan's academic impartiality is clearly doubtful. He has served as an adviser to the Palestinian Authority and was a visiting researcher at Bir Zeit University, in the West Bank. He once led the American branch of the Palestinian American Research Center, an anti-Israel group.