What a week that was! If the first coming of Milo Yiannopoulos can be seen as a public relations tragedy, the second was a very costly, full-blown farce. How long can the university put up ridiculous sums of money to have our campus thrown into disarray and its members harassed, insulted and endangered? All in the name of an all-encompassing definition of free speech that should be protected at all costs. In the future we have to ask whether legal liability should take precedence over academic freedom. These and other sentiments were expressed at the BFA membership meeting, Friday evening. In response to the meeting the BFA Board composed a statement of its position that should appear in the Daily Cal tomorrow (Tuesday).
The counter-protest against the usurpation of free speech, hosted by ACLU of UC Berkeley, continues: Our Free Speech Week: United Against Hate, and today there is the Berkeley Rally Against White Supremacy: Defend Our Campus, Reclaim Free Speech, 12-2p.m. All events take place at Crescent Lawn (Oxford St. & Addison St.)
As the campus returns to sanity, we would like to alert you to a BFA event next Monday, October 2, in VLSB 2040, 4-5.30p.m. when Michael Eisen from Integrative Biology, who is standing for Senate, and Daniel Kammen from Energy Resources Group, who has just resigned as the administration’s science envoy in protest against President Trump’s policies, will debate Science in Politics and Politics in Science. Facing a broad assault on science – its credibility and its funding – the university can no longer be silent, but how should we defend ourselves?