Civil Discourse and Academic Freedom

Boycotts, Bias and Politics in the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Academic boycotts are, by their very nature, blunt weapons to be used with extreme caution. When implemented, they silence the open exchange of knowledge, and promote the antithesis of academic freedom. Such extreme measures cannot be justified when casually invoked…

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The Very Foundations of the University

The modern Western university faces an existential threat. The danger is not what you think. It is not the cuts in government funding,1 the skyrocketing cost of tuition, the explosion of student debt,2 the rise of massive open online courses,3…

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Clear, Simple and Wrong

The famous American cultural critic, H.L. Mencken, once said that, “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” I am reminded of this bon mot every  time I hear of a BDS campaign that…

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All Quiet At Brooklyn College’s Most Recent Anti-Israel Talk

When activist Ben White spoke at Brooklyn College last week on the topic of “Israel: Apartheid, not Democracy,” there were no evictions, no disruptions, no names mysteriously left off the list of RSVPs. Unlike a similarly controversial event there last year, there…

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Brooklyn College to Play Host to Another Anti-Israel Event

Brooklyn College is again provoking passions, playing host this week to an anti-Israel activist who many, citing his published writings, believe to be anti-Semitic. Ben White, who describes himself as a writer, freelance journalist and researcher on his Twitter page,…

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PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 (UPI) — In 1915, John Dewey of Columbia University and Arthur Lovejoy of Johns Hopkins University came together with other educators to establish the American Association of University Professors, an organization designed to preserve academic freedom and professional values. The…

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