Well, here come the latest saviors of higher education, ready to save it from itself:
A group of scholars and activists are planning to establish a new university dedicated to free speech, alarmed, they said, “by the illiberalism and censoriousness prevalent in America’s most prestigious universities.”
The university, to be known as the University of Austin, or UATX for short, will have a soft start next summer with “Forbidden Courses,” a noncredit program that its founders say will offer a “spirited discussion about the most provocative questions that often lead to censorship or self-censorship in many universities.”
I have a single one-eyed question for these people: Will they allow BDS to operate freely on campus, or will they restrict it from doing so by taking a public stand against it, or defaming it as anti-Semitic? (See this and this as well.)
That’s my litmus test; I have no other. So which will it be, Freethinkers?
So far, 21 hours after the fact, this is the response to my posting a link to the preceding post at Bari Weiss’s Substack, where the University of Austin announcement was first made.
The question I’m asking is actually broader than endorsement of this statement. What I’m really looking for is candid engagement with the question whether BDS-endorsing organizations would be permitted freely and openly to function at the University of Austin.
Devastatingly on-target (ht: Fahmi Abboushi):