12 December 2007

12 December 2007 - Disgrace! Harvard Capitulates

Yesterday, Harvard President Drew G. Faust announced that the university will organize a committee to investigate free speech on campus. This entirely unnecessary effort is a pathetic capitulation to radical anti-Israel professors and to their spurious contention that criticism of Israel is suppressed on campus. The radical faction is led by the same people who pushed Larry Summers out in 2005.

Let’s call this campaign what it really is: an attempt to privilege anti-Israel speech, and to target outspoken advocates of Israel like Professor Alan Dershowitz. Much will depend on who is selected for Faust’s committee, but even if the investigation is carried out objectively, Matory and his minions will atill terrorize the supine scholars. It’s up to us students to sort things out. We are in it for the long haul.

UPDATE: I was about to correct my description of the committee when I saw the comment below correcting me, and I agree with it. Yes--the university is "considering" a committee. A very important distinction.

3 Comments:

At 10:20 AM, Blogger hil said...

Great program with Karsenty last night. How was the event promoted? The broader the appeal to the Harvard community, the better. Too many great events have been relegated behind the closed doors of Harvard Hillel.
Congratulations on bringing Karsenty. He was very persuasive and knowledgeable.

As for President Faust, FAS got the president it wanted and PC now is the law of the land. The most disappointing outcome was the retreat beat by Larry Summers - how pathetic!

 
At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel,

That seems to be inaccurate. The article you referred to stated that Matory's motion was "postponed indefinitely" and that Faust is "considering" creating a committee.

 
At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Diane said...

Sigh. And what happened at Karsenty's talk? How many attended? Were there anit-Israel protesters? Was he shouted down?

 

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