March 10, 2012

HIGHER EDUCATION UPDATE: Campus President Rebukes Limbaugh-Supporting Professor: U. of Rochester intimidates a professor and allows students to disrupt his class. “Most worrisome, however, is the fact that UR allowed its students to disrupt Landsburg’s class without any consequences, despite the fact that campus security was on the scene. What happened in Landsburg’s class is a textbook example of ‘mob censorship,’ where a group of people silence or drown out a speaker with whose views they disagree. A classroom is perhaps the least appropriate place for something like this to happen, and the fact that UR did not see fit to clear the heckling students out of the class is disturbing.”

It’s particularly disturbing when administrators side with the mob and, indeed, seem to employ the mob to chill dissent, but that’s not uncommon on campuses. Rochester President Joel Seligman should be ashamed.

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