Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Similar concerns coming to UCLA?
By Laura Krantz, Boston Globe, Jan. 16, 2018
A group of UMass Boston students, professors, and alumni as well as outside advocates are raising concerns about the Confucius Institute that operates on its campus, accusing it of promoting censorship abroad and undermining human rights.
The Chinese government oversees the center, one of more than 90 on campuses across the United States and abroad and one of two in the state.
“Confucius Institutes use their foothold in prominent academic institutions to influence and steer academic discourse,” the group said in a recent letter to interim chancellor Barry Mills, asking for a meeting to discuss their concerns.
The organizer of the objectors said she hopes to persuade the university to shut down the campus institute.