Friday, September 01, 2006

UC Berkeley Getting Ready to Celebrate Hizbullah's Glorious Resistance

One of many such posters around my
department (click to enlarge)

Details to follow.

2 comments:

tod0001 said...

Some really ignorant people over there in Berkley......

Noah Kaye said...

I'll be interested to hear what Judith Butler can "teach" me on Thursday. Interestingly enough, at Berkeley's conference on "Is There a New Anti-Semitism?" last year she professed her willingness to "leave historical and social issues" to more qualified speakers. So what exactly can she be speaking to?

It will also be interesting to see to what extent her identification as an American Jew is made to be the legitimating basis of her critique of politics and diplomacy in the Middle East.

UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Bergeneau recently sent out a statement on civil discourse on campus. I wonder what kind of a test this event may pose to that mission statement. Here it is in full:

"To: All Faculty, Staff, and Students

As we embark on a new academic year, it is truly wonderful to
experience the vibrancy and energy that fill the Cal campus with the
return of our students and enthusiastic arrival of our amazing
freshmen and new transfers. As classes resume this week, voices of
discussion and debate again resound in our lecture halls and Sproul
Plaza is filled with colorful and noisy activities.

The start of the school year is an opportune moment to remind the
campus about academic freedom and freedom of speech. At Berkeley, we
are passionate about the matters that shape our world and discussion,
debate and political activism are a proudly defining characteristic of
our campus. But we must also be vigilant to ensure that our debates
and advocacy take place in a reasoned and civil way that increases
understanding and does not promote intolerance and hate.

The university has a unique role in society in guarding the principles
of freedom of inquiry and free speech. These principles have been won
over the centuries in the face of numerous attempts to thwart them.
Academic freedom and freedom of speech are among the most important
values held by the American university system and must be vigorously
defended. Of necessity, this means that there must be freedom to
examine, discuss, debate and communicate controversial issues.

However, academic freedom must always be accompanied by academic
responsibility. A vibrant academic community supports open and honest
dialogue in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Our discourse must be
both open and civil. As an institution of higher learning, we have a
responsibility to promote constructive dialogue that does not foster a
climate of intolerance or give license to prejudice. By fostering
discussion in a reasoned, civil and respectful exchange of views among
all members of our community, we can contribute to the emergence of
understanding and solutions to important challenges facing our world
today.

We have an obligation to give our students the broadest range of
learning opportunities as they prepare to understand and engage in an
increasingly heterogeneous and global community. We must reflect the
ideal of that global community here on our campus. I hope that each
and every one of us will take this to heart as we begin the new
academic year. I encourage each of you to review our Principles of
Community at http://www.berkeley.edu/about/community.shtml

I wish you all a very successful and personally rewarding year at Cal."