Disputes Leave the Middle East Center at the U. of Utah in Turmoil

Controversial faculty reassignments and resignations in March of this year, following other disputes, have left the Middle East Center at the University of Utah in turmoil. The tumult comes only a year before the university must reapply for the grant from the U.S. Department of Education that supports the center, which is among the oldest such academic units in the country.

In mid-March, Robert D. Newman, dean of the College of Humanities, removed two professors from joint