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US protests: Why are faculty voices muted?

The silence of faculty underscores a shift where the pursuit of academic values takes a back seat to preserving financial interests

US protests:

T T Ram Mohan
American university campuses erupted in protest last month over the conflict in Gaza. The pro-Palestine protests are still on and have since spread to Europe. These protests have raised fundamental questions about freedom of expression at universities. University administrators (often distinguished academics) have not been able to withstand pressure to silence the protesters. The voices of faculty, too, have been strangely muted.

In dealing with such protests, universities obviously need to strike a balance between allowing freedom of expression and maintaining order on campus. The American Civil Liberties Union has spelt out ground rules that nobody can quarrel with.

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First Published: May 15 2024 | 10:11 PM IST

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