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NAACP official: Graduate student failed Bienen class after refusing to perform Walt Whitman lyrics

Patrick Svitek, Summer Editor

August 7, 2013

Filed under Administration, Campus, Latest Stories, The Summer Northwestern 2013

A graduate student failed a Bienen class after he refused to perform a song with lyrics written by Walt Whitman, citing the poet's comments on black people, according to a top NAACP official. George Mitchell, president of the...

Bienen graduate student says he may fail class after ‘racially insensitive’ incident

Cat Zakrzewski, Campus Editor

May 22, 2013

Filed under Academic, Administration, Campus, Latest Stories

A Bienen graduate student is claiming his professor plans to fail him for refusing to perform a song with lyrics written by Walt Whitman, a poet he described as a “self-documented racist.” Timothy McNair, a first-year...