The president of
As someone who has been to the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, I can argue that my government should not be sending $3 billion per year to
I suggest President Ungar should reconsider his pro-censorship policy. He could then host on campus a public reading of the Goldstone Report about human rights violations committed during the invasion of the
Free speech advocate Ungar muzzles free speech at Goucher
A shocking/not-shocking story from
The school paper, the Quindecim reports [Emphasis mine]:
In an interview with The Quindecim, Goucher President Sanford J. Ungar defended his decision, citing a history of anti-Israel speakers on campus, several of which have resulted in complaints from students, alumni, and parents. "We don’t want Goucher to end up on a list of schools with a reputation of bringing vehemently pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli speakers to campus," said Ungar. "I don’t think it would be good for enrollment."
Echoing a similar refrain from other administrators, President Ungar also emphasized the need for a range of views on the panel. "For something to be a Goucher public program, it needs to meet a set of requirements, one of which is balance." Asked if he was aware of any student plans to bring a pro-Israeli speaker to campus, Ungar replied that he did not, but that his office is in talks to bring the Israeli ambassador to Goucher.
After the college faced a severe backlash in the wake of Anna Baltzer’s first appearance on-campus, including a newspaper attack ad listing his phone number and e-mail address, Sandy Ungar wrote an impassioned defense of free speech in The Goucher Quarterly, the college’s alumni magazine. “We at Goucher did not consider for one moment canceling the program that had provoked the uproar. If we yielded to this assault on free speech, what would be next? Objections to certain politicians — say, Governor Ehrlich? As I had asked at the time of the protest over his appearance, if we were to start down that slippery slope, who would compile the lists of which speakers were acceptable and which ones were not?"
Good question, Ungar. The newspaper’s editorial:
The administration’s decision to prevent Josh Ruebner and Rabbi Brian Walt from participating in dialogue on human rights in Gaza and the West Bank is troubling. There is no doubt that what we are witnessing is a classic struggle for academic freedom, a classic struggle between students and an administration. In the opinion of this newspaper, the administration has violated one of the essential principles of a liberal education: academic freedom.
…What are Rabbi Walt’s political views? The stated goal of Ta’anit Tzedek – Jewish Fast for
Josh Ruebner takes a much harder line on Israel, and many of his views fall squarely outside of the [consensus-manufacturing cliche eliminated to save readers of this site valuable time]. Among his published essays is an account of how he burned his Israeli draft card (he is a citizen of
Couple comments. I always say that students will lead us on this issue. They see the hypocrisy and it’s upsetting to them. It makes them flock to the issue. This was the exciting energy in the Yale debating society’s vote a year ago to end the special relationship with
Let me be plain about my view of why this happens: This is about the Jewish community. If a speaker wanted to go on campus and criticize George Bush for the
Ungar is a strong advocate of free speech and investigative journalism. He is an outspoken advocate of Judith Miller. Steadfastly supporting the New York Times journalist, he called her an American Hero.
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Sandy Ungar wrote an impassioned defense of free speech in The Goucher Quarterly, the college’s alumni magazine. For whatever, he’s gone to the dark side. You may consider conting him: Sanford J. Ungar. President.