Defeat at Brandeis
The headline says, Brandeis University pulls Palestinian art from exhibit [also, see this]. The article notes that the images were painted by Palestinian teenagers at the request of an Israeli Jewish student at at the Jewish-sponsored college who wanted to bring the Palestinian viewpoint to campus. But school officials said the paintings were too one-sided.
What the other side for 12 yr olds in a refugee camp looks like? I don't know.
You can see one of the images here. MondoWeiss has a bunch of follow ups as well. This post shamelessly references KC's post on academic freedom at Penn State.
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Jonathan Dresner - 5/5/2006
I don't think KC was speaking on a matter of law, as much as a matter of ethics, but I could be wrong.
I'm deeply disappointed at Brandeis, myself; the unwillingness to look at sincere criticism -- particularly when expressed as simple description -- is a deep flaw.
Brian Ulrich - 5/4/2006
Isn't Brandeis a private school? If so, they get to play by different rules.
Robert KC Johnson - 5/4/2006
Thanks for the info, of which I hadn't heard--this really is inexcusable on Brandeis' part. Especially in light of what was occurring at Penn State just a little bit before, one would think that the Brandeis administration would understand that censoring student art on the basis of political content isn't acceptable.