While Yiannapoulos disappeared with the police, a hornets’ nest has been stirred and the “free speech” debate continues. In the last week we have been treated to all sorts of positions from such figures as ACLU Director, David Cole in the New York Review of Books, Jill Lepore inThe New Yorker, Adam Serwer in the Atlantic, Joan Scott in The Journal of Academic Freedom, John Wilson and Susan Hegeman in Academe Blog, an interview with John Powell from Haas and the BFA’s own piece. We are trying to compile a summary of some of the most prescient analyses, so if you have any favorite ones let me know.
This is an opportunity to assess the threats that the university faces, which extends to the broader assault on science and scholarship – a matter to be discussed TODAY (October 2) in VLSB 2040, 4-5.30p.m. by two of our colleagues: Michael Eisen who is standing for Senate, and Daniel Kammen who has just resigned as the administration’s science envoy in protest against President Trump’s policies. They will debate Science in Politics and Politics in Science. This BFA event is open to all.