Conflicting Messages at NYU
Today, however, NYU's approach has moved from troubling to disingenous. In an email reprinted in Dartblog, Brenkman blames the event organizers themselves for the cartoons not being shown."On Wednesday afternoon, a few hours before the event, the student leadership of the club came to the University and indicated it had changed its mind: it would choose not to display the cartoons, and would like to be able to invite about 75 people to the event who were not members of the NYU community. The University agreed, but let’s be clear: the students made this choice, and they made it after the University had indicated to one and all that the event could go forward WITH the cartoons displayed." A reader of the Brenkman email would imagine that the first university administrators heard about non-NYU people attending the event was a few hours before.
Yet, as this email from NYU's director of student activities shows, all along the event had been planned as open to outsiders who pre-registered, and university officials were well aware of this fact. Then, three days before the event, the university intervened, informing participants that"this event is to be close [sic] to all non-NYU guests including any non-NYU guests who have already made a reservations with you." The club's organizers were told re"about 75 non-NYU people who had asked to attend . . . you’ll need to contact them and let them know that the event is no longer open to non-NYU guests so they should not plan on attending . . . This is not negotiable."
"This is not negotiable." And it's the organizers who are responsible for not showing the cartoons?
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Irfan Khawaja - 8/4/2006
Presumably if Muslim students or administrators want to do it, it must be a brilliant idea.
David Haan - 4/3/2006
Whether real or not, this begs to be labelled "Sophist's Choice".
Adam Kotsko - 4/2/2006
Perhaps they have been watching the news and realize that displaying the cartoons could be the equivalent of yelling "FIRE" in a crowded auditorium.
Robert KC Johnson - 4/2/2006
It might indeed be a bad idea. But the university has said it's committed to freedom of thought regarding panels, not approving/disapproving them on the basis of whether they're dealing with bad ideas.
Jacob paul segal - 4/2/2006
If the objectivists want to do it it must be a bad idea.