Daphne Patai

Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures at University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Daphne Patai

Daphne Patai

Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures at University of Massachusetts - Amherst

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Daphne Patai is a professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the author and editor of twelve books, among them The Orwell Mystique: A Study in Male Ideology (1984), Brazilian Women Speak: Contemporary Life Stories (1988), Women's Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History (1991, co-edited with Sherna Berger Gluck), Rediscovering Forgotten Radicals: British Women Writers 1889-1939 (1993, co-edited with Angela Ingram), and Heterophobia: Sexual Harassment and the Future of Feminism (1998). Her 1994 critique of women's studies programs, written with Noretta Koertge, was reissued in a new and expanded edition in 2003 as Professing Feminism: Education and Indoctrination in Women's Studies. She also co-edited with Will H. Corral a large volume of essays criticizing contemporary theory fads. Titled Theory's Empire: An Anthology of Dissent, it was published by Columbia University Press in the spring of 2005.

Long concerned about the attack on free speech on American campuses, Patai has been involved with FIRE since its inception. Years in the academic world (including ten years spent in a women's studies program) have alerted her to the dangers of politicizing education. Her articles on these and other problems in higher education have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Patai's most recent books are collections of her essays: 'What Price Utopia?' Essays on Ideological Policing, Feminism, and Academic Affairs was published in 2008 by Rowman & Littlefield,and História Oral, Feminismo e Política was published in 2010 by Letra e Voz in Brazil.

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Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures at University of Massachusetts - Amherst
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UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

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FIRE'S MISSION IS TO DEFEND AND SUSTAIN THE INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS OF STUDENTS AND FACULTY MEMBERS AT AMERICA'S COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. THESE RIGHTS INCLUDE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION, DUE PROCESS, LEGAL EQUALITY, RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, AND SANCTITY OF CONSCIENCE--THE ESSENTIAL QUALITIES OF LIBERTY. FIRE EDUCATES STUDENTS, FACULTY, ALUMNI, TRUSTEES, AND THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE THREATS TO THESE RIGHTS ON OUR CAMPUSES, AND PROVIDES THE MEANS TO PRESERVE THEM.

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The National Humanities Center is the only major independent American institute for advanced study in all fields of the humanities. Privately incorporated and governed by a distinguished board of trustees from academic, professional, and public life, the Center was planned under the auspices of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and began operation in 1978. It provides a national focus for the best work in the liberal arts, drawing attention to the enduring value of ancient and modern history, language and literature, ethical and moral reflection, artistic and cultural traditions, and critical thought in every area of humanistic investigation. By encouraging excellence in scholarship, the Center seeks to insure the continuing strength of the liberal arts and to affirm the importance of the humanities in American life.

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The National Humanities Center is the only major independent American institute for advanced study in all fields of the humanities. Privately incorporated and governed by a distinguished board of trustees from academic, professional, and public life, the Center was planned under the auspices of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and began operation in 1978. It provides a national focus for the best work in the liberal arts, drawing attention to the enduring value of ancient and modern history, language and literature, ethical and moral reflection, artistic and cultural traditions, and critical thought in every area of humanistic investigation. By encouraging excellence in scholarship, the Center seeks to insure the continuing strength of the liberal arts and to affirm the importance of the humanities in American life.

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The National Humanities Center is the only major independent American institute for advanced study in all fields of the humanities. Privately incorporated and governed by a distinguished board of trustees from academic, professional, and public life, the Center was planned under the auspices of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and began operation in 1978. It provides a national focus for the best work in the liberal arts, drawing attention to the enduring value of ancient and modern history, language and literature, ethical and moral reflection, artistic and cultural traditions, and critical thought in every area of humanistic investigation. By encouraging excellence in scholarship, the Center seeks to insure the continuing strength of the liberal arts and to affirm the importance of the humanities in American life.

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