Telling it like it is

There Is More To Be Explored In Columbia University's Middle East Studies Than Israel

Charles Jacobs: For free inquiry in Sudan—and at Columbia University
photo: Cary Conover
Charles Jacobs: For free inquiry in Sudan—and at Columbia University

The answer to this dilemma is for Lee Bollinger to provide an actually diversified Middle East studies department. It's not about bringing in pro-Israel professors, but scholars who teach—not inculcate. The nature of this department will be watched closely for a long time, and unless President Bollinger can make it worthy of Columbia's tradition of free inquiry, his tenure may be foreshortened.

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