Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Bollinger Wraps Up Columbia Controversy

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, has issued a public statement about what the university has done in response to the appalling disruption of a speech by Jim Gilchrist. Though I and others were critical of their handling of the situation in the weeks after the incident, this letter spells out some changes in policy that I think bring the situation to a successful close. I am especially pleased to see the Student Caucus pass a unanimous resolution condemning the disruption and declaring that all student groups have a right to invite speakers without having those events attacked and disrupted by protestors. And I’m glad to see that they did take action against those individuals, both Columbia students and others, who jumped on stage and prevented the speaker from doing what he was invited to do. Kudos to Bollinger and the Columbia community.

Comments

  1. #1 PhysioProf
    December 26, 2006

    As a Columbia alumnus, this is very good news. It also means I was right when I cautioned patience to those earlier posters on this topic who felt that because Columbia did not *immediately* take effective action (which we now know it ultimately did) that it was engaged in whitewashing. (Pats self on back.)

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