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As happens so often in academia these days, campus politics got in the way. The original invitation came from William L. Or, who should I contact about showing the film. We would like you to come with the film of course.
A few weeks later, on June 24, , Professor M. Gail Hamner, a member of the Syracuse University Religion Department, emailed to renege on the invitation.
Her stated reasons are a case study in how free inquiry and expression are chilled on campus:. I know you have been in contact with my Omaha colleague, Bill Blizek, about screening The Settlers and serving as plenary speaker at a religion and film conference in Syracuse in March, I am the convener of that conference and I found Bill's description of your work, and the reviews I read of it exciting.
I now am embarrassed to share that my SU colleagues, on hearing about my attempt to secure your presentation, have warned me that the BDS faction on campus will make matters very unpleasant for you and for me if you come. Sadly, I have not had the chance to see your film and can only vouch for it through my friend and through published reviews. Clearly I am politically naive.
I also feel tremendous shame in reneging on a half-offered invitation.
I do want to stress that my colleague who Chairs our SU Jewish Studies program, Zak Braiterman, was fully willing to strongly support your coming, even though he too has not yet screened your film. Obviously, my decision here has nothing to do with you or your work, and nothing to do with Bill, who contacted you in good faith.
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I feel caught in an ideological matrix and by my own egoic needs to sustain certain institutional affiliations. I sign off in hopes that I do have the chance to engage your work one day, and in prayer that you'll forgive me. Temple unconstitutionally charged the group, Temple University Purpose, for extra security after the event, but after FIRE intervened , Temple claimed that it could have charged the group thousands of dollars more. Temple arbitrarily offered to withdraw the extra fee, then unilaterally withdrew it.
In its latest letter, Temple merely states that the matter is closed and makes no promise to ensure that controversial but protected speech is not silenced on campus.
These actions chill speech at Temple because groups will not want to risk similarly strange treatment of their events. Who would bring another controversial speaker to campus, risking thousands of dollars of after-the-fact security fees? Charging an extra security fee because of a potentially hostile audience is unconstitutional because it burdens the speech, but many student groups will likely be unwilling to push their luck to vindicate their rights.
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