Princeton and former dean of the School of Architecture Alejandro Zaera-Polo officially sever ties as the 57-year-old was formally removed from his professorship following a unanimous committee vote ad hoc of the university’s board this summer.
Zaera-Polo was dean of the Princeton School of Architecture for a brief period from 2012 to 2014, when he resigned over plagiarism allegations that ultimately led to a libel lawsuit brought by Zaera. -Polo against the university, which then made a unsuccessful attempt to dismiss the four-part complaint against herself and President Christopher Eisgruber.
Zaera-Polo had continued as a faculty member despite the surrounding controversy.
In response to his dismissal, Zaera-Polo launched a 5-hour “Gonzo-style” controversy against the university in which the founder of AZPML addresses various topics, including “Interpretation trumps evidence”, “The Politics of Identity” and “The Post-University of Truth. The Spanish architect has also made an 813-page account of his evidence publicly available in hopes of making his case more transparent.
The “seminar” consists of seven sessions of a total duration of 4.5 hours: Introduction (above), Identity politics, Academic freedom?, Power and knowledge, The University of Post-Truth, Interpretation trumps evidence, and Tell the truth to power.
“Through this process, I gradually raised the controversy over academic freedom, the ideological imposition on my thesis supervision activities, the blocking of free association between students and advisers and the illegitimate attribution of credit until board of directors, triggering various guarantees. process that I also meticulously recorded, ”Zaera-Polo said in an emailed statement.
He continued, “What emerges from my investigation is a disturbing image of Princeton as a layered structure formed by opaque committees that cover up and exonerate each other with the ultimate goal of protecting the authorities, at the expense of the truth, the rules. and academic freedom.
Zaera-Polo shared the following statement with some people and press:
For those of you new to Princeton, the first two sessions and the last will probably be enough to get the facts straight. Those of you familiar with Princeton University or the School of Architecture may enjoy listening to the details of the middle sections.
Through this process, I gradually raised the controversy over academic freedom, the ideological imposition on my thesis supervision activities, the blocking of free association between students and counselors and the illegitimate attribution of credit up to counseling. administration, triggering various collateral processes. which I also meticulously recorded.
What emerges from my investigation is a disturbing image of Princeton as a layered structure formed by opaque committees that cover up and exonerate each other with the ultimate goal of protecting authorities, to the detriment of truth, rules and academic freedom. .
The whole process records not only the deceptive behavior of Monica Ponce de Leon, Elizabeth Diller and other SoA faculty members, but a multitude of administrators and academics across the university, acting as pawns of authority, operating unanimously but refusing to argue. their decisions publicly and in writing. They regularly lie, incur conflicts of interest, rewrite ad hoc rules, conceal evidence, falsify records, certify false evidence, create scapegoats, stereotype, impose codes of silence, retaliate, antagonize students and whatever it takes to exonerate academic authority in its most autocratic forms.
Regardless of the future legal implications of these processes, what is most relevant now is to make this evidence available as widely as possible, so feel free to share its content with anyone who you think may be interested in this evidence. – online and in print. . The purpose of this paper is to shed light on the dark processes that characterize not only the School of Architecture at Princeton, but also the higher echelons of the university.
The processes illustrate the implications of post-truth culture and the imposition of a relativistic ideology that leads to the predominance of political interests over real academic concerns, interpretation over evidence, and the abuse of identity politics and politics. politically correct in contemporary academia.
I would recommend you to download these documents and safeguard them, because their public availability could be called into question in the future by some of the agents involved.