Tuesday, September 09, 2014
I'm glad Nick Dirks is no longer at Columbia
Because this letter is an embarrassment to his new university. Watch Popehat pick it apart.
Yesterday Chancellor Dirks sent an email about free speech to Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. In today's competitive publishing environment it is astonishingly difficult to distinguish yourself as an academic by being wrong about free speech, but Chancellor Dirks is equal to the challenge. His email is so very bad on every level — legally, logically, rhetorically, and philosophically — that it deserves scrutiny.I'm tempted to exercise my free speech rights and call Chancellor Dirks various bad names. But I will resist the urge.