Published December 10, 2023
We’ve seen it before: you can be fired as a professor or have your admission revoked as a student if you misgender a transgender person or question DEI philosophy. But seeing crowds of their own students and faculty calling for the genocide of the Jewish people, the presidents of several major universities reacted with a… meh.
Harvard University President Claudine Gay, former University of Pennsylvania head Liz Magill (she resigned under heavy pressure Saturday), and MIT chief Sally Kornbluth all thoroughly embarrassed themselves and our country this week during hearings by the House Committee on Education and Workforce when they failed to condemn the virulent antisemitism on their campuses and the chants for “Intifada Revolution” and Jewish genocide by their students and faculty.
Both UPenn and Harvard are part of the eight-school Ivy League, but MIT is not, even though it is considered top-tier and is often mistakenly considered to be a member of that club.
Their testimony was shameful. So far, only Magill has paid the price for her ridiculous equivocations, but it’s only Sunday, and we’ll see what transpires this week.
Senior Hoover Institution Fellow Victor Davis Hanson eviscerated the decline of our once legendary educational institutions in a blistering X thread Saturday, labeling the three school presidents “our three blind mice.”
Three blind mice. Three blind mice.See how they run. See how they run…
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Published December 9, 2023
Liz Magill will soon be out of a job after embarrassing the University of Pennsylvania at a hearing before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. It’s official; she’s decided to step down after an appalling answer regarding calls for Jewish genocide constituting harassment on campus.
Antisemitism has exploded nationwide, where far-left activists have been forcing Jewish students to hole up wherever they can amid their pro-terrorism rallies. Magill wouldn’t condemn this behavior outright at the hearing last week, drawing a severe backlash that attracted the attention of the school’s board of trustees, who asked Magill to step down last Thursday.
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RELATED: Harvard, MIT, and UPenn missed a very easy chance to do their most important job
L-R) Dr. Claudine Gay, President of Harvard University, Liz Magill, President of University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Sally Kornbluth, President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, testify before the House Education and Workforce Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building on December 05, 2023 in Washington, DCKevin Dietsch/Getty Images
Published December 7, 2023
- The presidents of Harvard, MIT, and UPenn are under fire for their congressional hearing.
- The college leaders were asked if they would discipline students calling for the genocide of Jews.
- Their waffled responses drew sharp criticism from the White House and CEOs.
College presidents have a difficult job.
Trust in higher education institutions has dipped to an all-time low, a Gallup poll recently showed. Enrollment continues to decrease as students find it hard to justify high tuition costs. And schools need to maintain an open academic environment that welcomes all perspectives without alienating marginalized communities or being accused of stifling free speech.
Especially important, though? College presidents often have to be a kind of “moral and spiritual leader,” a chief communications officer for an East Coast college told Business Insider under the condition of anonymity.
“The challenge for the president, frankly, is to keep the community together,” he said, pointing to times when world issues such as the Israel-Hamas conflict can divide a student body.
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