Former Stanford professor says he was fired and had his ID pasted after lecturing on colonialism

(KRON) — A professor who was expelled from Stanford University after a freshman student complained about his lecture on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has filed a defamation and retaliation lawsuit in federal court.

Lawyers for Dr. Amir Loggins filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the prestigious university, students, and fellow professors who labeled her one of the “two most racist faculty members” on Stanford University’s campus.

Mr. Loggins was fired for a lecture he gave on October 10, 2023. Three days earlier, in Israel, Hamas militants crossed the Gaza border and ambushed a music festival, killing about 1,200 people.

The class, “College 101,” was aimed at college freshmen. Loggins engaged the class in a discussion about settler colonialism and talked about Native Americans. As part of this discussion, he also sparked “difficult conversations on dehumanization, Israel and Gaza.”

After the lecture, the students filed a complaint with Stanford University officials.

Their professor was suspended on October 11, and authorities investigated whether his lectures used personal information-based targeting. According to Stanford University President Richard Saller and Provost Jenny Martinez, Dr. Loggins “approached the Middle East conflict in his classes in a way that stigmatized individual students based on their backgrounds and identities.”

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Loggins has been suspended since the incident, but recently learned that his contract, which expired on April 1, was not renewed.

According to the complaint, Stanford University violated its own human resources policies by issuing a public statement regarding Loggins’ suspension after pressure from students.

At the time, tensions were high on many college campuses over the Gaza war, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia. The professor claims he endured a series of harassment, including threats of violence and posting personal information online.

Dr. Amir Loggins Complaintdownload

“Academic freedom does not permit targeting of students based on their identity,” university officials wrote. in a statement. Students said the instructor tried to justify Hamas’ actions and claimed that Israel is a colony. Rabbi Dav Greenberg told CNN..

Derek Sells, an attorney with the Cochrane firm, is representing the professor.

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