Judith Butler’s Statement on UC Regents Principles Against Intolerance
March 25, 2016 Leave a comment
In the right direction
Most of the text below was read at the University of California Regents Public Comment session March 23 in San Francisco. Following public comment, the regents amended the original text of the “Principles Against Intolerance” to which this statement refers. The revised policy was adopted without further debate today by the full board. The new preamble text reads, “Anti-Semitism, Anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination have no place at the University of California” (the underlined phrase is the modification). The new language was suggested by the Academic Senate Universitywide Committee on Academic Freedom (UCAF); its recommendation to modify “other forms of discrimination” to “other forms of unlawful discrimination” seems not to have been taken up.
I agree with Professor Butler that the amended language does not resolve the academic freedom problems associated with the statement. Moreover, I also think that John Wilson’s comment to a previous post on…
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