Races: Professor on Ice

By traditional standards, academe would not seem to be Eldridge Cleaver's bag. Yet he does have something to teach. Cleaver, who has spent nearly twelve years in California prisons for such crimes as assault with intent to kill, is the author of Soul on Ice, a brilliant polemic on the Negro experience in America. He is also the abrasively articulate "Minister of Information" for the Black Panther movement. Thus Cleaver seemed to be an imaginative choice to appear as an unpaid guest lecturer in Social Analysis 139X, an experimental course in race relations which is being conducted this semester...