Emailed this afternoon to Annie’s list:
I understand that you’ve come under considerable pressure to reconsider an event on 7 February 2012, being hosted by your Political Science department on the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions discussion regarding Israel.
Freedom of speech and academic freedom, among others, are in jeopardy when an event like this stands to be cancelled. I cannot imagine any reasonable justification for such a measure and I would be shocked if cancelled.
While studying at the University of Western Ontario in Canada the University hosted a debate between a controversial professor and the Prominent Canadian scientist, David Suzuki. Shockingly, the professor contended that a correlation existed between the circumference of African American skulls and IQ. The debate stood and was televised nationally. The decision by the university to debate and discuss was not a courageous one but rather one based on the very principals and freedoms at stake here.
Thank you for your consideration and commitment to the forum.