Brandeis University screwed up

Brandeis invited Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born former Dutch legislator, to be its 2014 commencement speaker; she was to be awarded an honorary doctorate, yet eight days later, Brandeis rescinded the offer.

April 30, 2014 11:03
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Brandeis University screwed up. There seems to be wide agreement on that, from both the left and the right. What the left and right don’t agree on is what it was that Brandeis got wrong.

Brandeis invited Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born former Dutch legislator to be its 2014 commencement speaker. She was to be awarded an honorary doctorate as part of the ceremony. Eight days after announcing her selection Brandeis rescinded the offer, saying university officials were not aware of her more controversial views on Islam, which they felt were not in accord with the values of Brandeis.


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