To the Editors:
In recent weeks, student and faculty have reported to me that stickers and
graffiti bearing the words Zionism=Racism have appeared in public spaces across the
A liberal education should open and complicate our minds and the ways we see and understand the
world. Statements such as this one work against this goal. It is hurtful and divisive, and makes
it more difficult to have open, engaged dialogue on campus. And such statements are invariably
reductive: they dont help us make sense of the complexities and ironies of history, ideas,
culture, politics and human behavior.
Making our campus a truly free space is an endeavor that requires everybodys efforts, particularly
now. Because we are living through a very difficult and uncertain time, we must be especially mindful
of appreciating our differences and of respectfully negotiating our disagreements. And, as always
in an academic community, we need to rely on knowledge and reason as we engage the deeply troubling
issues that now confront this campus, this nation and the world at large.
Nancy S. Dye
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