- Institute for the Study of Academic Racism
The Institute for the Study of Academic Racism (ISAR) is an organization that monitors academics and academic-related organizations that it accuses of
racism. ISAR states in this capacity it serves "as a resource center for scholars, legislators, civil rights organizations, and journalists."
ISAR was founded and is executively directed by professor of humanities [http://www.pbs.org/fredfriendly/ourgenes/genes_on_trial/genes_meet_mehler.html]
Barry Mehlerin 1993, and maintains an online presence housed by, but independent from, Ferris State University.
ISAR advisory board
Peter Breggina controversial psychiatrist and Ginger Breggin, International Institute for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, Washington, D.C.
Devin Burghart, Director , Building Democracy Initiative, Center for New Community, Chicago, IL
Jerry Hirsch, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL
Fatimah Jackson, Professor of Anthropology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Joann Koepke, Treasurer, Homes for the Homeless, Austin, TX
David Krishef, Rabbi of Ahavas Israel, Grand Rapids, MI
Nick Lowles, Editor, Searchlight Magazine, London, England
Neil Posner, Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd., Chicago, IL
William H. Tucker, Professor of Psychology, Rutgers, Camden, NJSource: [http://www.ferris.edu/isar/avc.htm ISAR]
Profiled individuals and groups
American Renaissance (magazine)
Center for Individual Rights
Citizens Councils of America
Council of Conservative Citizens
National Collegiate Athletic Association
The site's profiles were last updated in 1998-2000.
Criticisms of Mehler and the ISAR
eugenicssuch as Glayde Whitneyhave criticized Mehler for using "inquisition" tactics like anti-racismto manipulate popular opinion and to discredit scientists including Cattell and Richard Lynnfor ideological reasons rather than for scientific ones. Whitney, Glayde (Fall 1997). [http://www.eugenics.net/papers/Inq4.html Raymond B. Cattell and The Fourth Inquisition.] " Mankind Quarterly", vol. 38, #1 & 2, Fall/Winter 1997, p.99-124.] Mehler's critics have questioned his objectivity because he "may be associated with Communists" Tucker, William H. (2002) ( [http://www.press.uillinois.edu/epub/books/tucker/concl.html#ref16 Conclusion: Pioneer or Pamphleteer] . In "The Funding of Scientific Racism: Wickliffe Draper and the Pioneer Fund." University of Illinois Press: ISBN 0-252-02762-0] Whitney also suggested that Mehler is not qualified to talk about eugenics or racial issues in biology and differential psychologybecause he is a historianby training, not a psychologistor physical anthropologist).
Whitney claims Mehler combats those he accuses of racism primarily through popular rather than scientific channels, via left wing periodicals and popular TV programming, such as "
Geraldo". Whitney has claimed that Mehler has published little in technical peer-reviewed journals relevant to the subject matters of his criticisms. Roger Pearsonaccused Mehler of "activist Lysenkoism." Pearson, Roger (1997) Activist Lysenkoism: The Case of Barry Mehler. In "Race, Intelligence and Bias in Academe." Scott-Townsend Publishers: ISBN 1-878465-23-6]
* [http://www.ferris.edu/isar Institute for the Study of Academic Racism]
* [http://www.ferris.edu/isar/resume.htm Barry Mehler profile]
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