Academic Freedom Battles Roil Indiana University

February 26, 2024 1 min read

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Kathryn Palmer
Inside Higher Ed

Excerpt: Nearly six months after the Israel-Hamas war unleashed a steady tide of student-led protests on college campuses across the United States, Indiana’s public flagship university is emerging as a free speech battleground.

The latest dispute is over the abrupt cancellation of a long-planned art exhibition at Indiana University at Bloomington’s Eskenazi Museum of Art, Samia Halaby: Centers of Energy. Halaby is an internationally recognized Palestinian American abstract artist. Critics of the decision think there’s more to the story. And while they don’t know the specific factors driving the decision, they can’t ignore the pressure IU administrators have been under since Indiana congressman Jim Banks threatened to withhold federal funding from the university if they don’t adequately address perceived antisemitism on campus.

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Paul Rochmis
Paul Rochmis

February 28, 2024

Apparently, you cannot differentiate between non-physically-threatening free speech and the combination of words and physical actions meant to intimidate a person on either side of a debated issue. I suggest you stop parsing words such as genocide and racism, and focus on the specifics of hostile interactions which endanger free and respectful debate.

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