Commentary: More on Controversial Books at Princeton

September 15, 2023 1 min read

Keith E. Whittington
Volokh Conspiracy, Reason Magazine

Excerpt: Before the start of the Fall semester, I noted that an assistant professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University was mired in a controversy over a book that she had assigned for an upcoming class.

Democratic Congressman Josh Gottheimer has now released his own public letter to the university "calling on them to take action in response to their universities' inclusion of antisemitic, anti-Israel, and hate-filled classroom curriculum and upcoming guest speakers," in the words of the Representative's press release. President Eisgruber has now released a public letter in response to Representative Gottheimer.

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