Civil Discourse and Academic Freedom

The Ivy League and Israel

I’m from France.” That statement doesn’t bring up any political implications – no arguments, no heated debates, no existential questions. Yet “I’m from Israel” elicits a rather different response. This simple act, stating your country of origin, should not evoke…

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Academia’s Jew haters

In a recent lecture at the University of Oslo, Norwegian sociologist Professor Johan Galtung claimed there was a possible connection exists between the terrorist responsible for the massacre of children in Norway last summer, and the Mossad. “The Jews control…

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Jewish community backs Title VI

The organized Jewish community in the US has just cast a big vote of confidence for civil rights lawsuits to protect Jewish students. This is surprising because recent indications were that it would go the other way. The Jewish Council…

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New Film Exposes Northeastern’s Radical Holocaust Program

Americans for Peace and Tolerance has released a documentary on Northeastern’s Holocaust Awareness Week, and Charles Jacobs has published a column in the Jewish Advocate summarizing his criticisms of it. In response, Northeastern Provost Stephen Director has complained that Jacobs “cherry-picked his examples”: The present-day facts are…

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What Rules Should Harvard Have?

  How should a great university, committed to diversity and freedom of speech, deal with the recurring problem of whether to “sponsor” a student-run event that is deeply offensive to other students?  This issue is currently being debated in the…

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Cal State’s Chutzpah

Spend any time on a university campus, and the official culture will become obvious in short order. Bigotry and prejudice against blacks, gays, or women simply isn’t tolerated. Even a hint of racism or sexism is met with quick and…

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