Columbia Still Unbecoming

President Lee Bollinger continues to compromise his beleaguered administration

It does appear, as another student said to me, that part of "the thrust of their questioning is into the origins of the film [that brought public attention to this controversy] rather than the incidents in the film." (Emphasis added.)

As Scholars for Peace in the Middle East reasonably concludes: "If the purpose of the committee is to protect MEALAC (Middle East studies) faculty, it seems likely to achieve success. If its purpose is to conduct a serious investigation, it appears doomed to failure."

Columbia professor of epidemiology Judith Jacobson, vice president, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East
photo: Leslie Van Stelten
Columbia professor of epidemiology Judith Jacobson, vice president, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East

Columbia president Lee Bollinger is a notable First Amendment scholar. If a committee were charged with investigating some of his utterances—and its members were clearly weighted against those views of his—would he appear before such a committee without his own tape recorder?

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