Abbey Thompson

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Aisha Jitan, a junior global studies major and Islamic & Middle East studies minor, addresses a crowd at a protest on the steps of South Building on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. Demonstrators gathered against the Department of Education's demands to recast the tone of Duke University's and UNC-Chapel Hill's Middle East Studies program. Regarding the Department's rhetoric as Islamophobic, Jitan remarked: "We were really angry about what we read, especially given that we lost three Muslim people in our community not too long ago due to Islamophobia, and then after reading and hearing this, we were just angry and said we want better for our community."

DOE defends investigation amid interest group responses

Controversy surrounding the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies continues as the ACLU, FIRE and other groups oppose the Department of Education investigation. Asked about the status of the funds, which were to be obligated by Sept. 30, Press Secretary Angela Morabito from the DOE did not mention funding but said the investigation is unbiased. 



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