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Vassar Prof: Media, Universities Should Refuse to Host Unpopular and Offensive Speakers

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 8:00am 6/27/2018 at 8:00am

Professor Jacobson gave a talk on free speech at Vassar last year which almost didn’t happen because he became the target of a smear campaign. So it’s hardly surprising to hear this coming from a Vassar prof.

The College Fix reports:

Philosophy prof: media, universities should refuse to host unpopular and offensive speakers

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Alum to Vassar College President: “You owe Professor Jacobson a public apology”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:15pm 12/4/2017 at 9:15pm

My appearance at Vassar College on October 25 to lecture on “hate speech” and free speech continues to reverberate.

For background, see my USA Today Op-Ed: My pro-free speech views made me a target at Vassar College, as well as these posts at Legal Insurrection:

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USA Today Op-Ed: My pro-free speech views made me a target at Vassar College

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 9:30am 11/5/2017 at 9:30am

I have an Op-Ed today at USA Today on the campaign by student activists at Vassar College to shut down my lecture on “hate speech” and free speech, based on fabricated claims that my appearance posed a danger to student safety.

You can read these two posts for background:

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Vassar Hysteria Week in Higher Education

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:30am 11/4/2017 at 7:30am

Professor Jacobson gave a speech on free speech at Vassar College and the left went insane.

He shared the experience...

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Vassar activists: Free Speech rights invalid “in our white supremacist, patriarchal, capitalist society”

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7:36pm 11/2/2017 at 7:36pm

Healing to Action is the Vassar College student group which organized the incitement against me by making false claims that the campus was in danger by my lecture on “hate speech” and free speech.

The fabricated claims included that I was posting event information on multiple White Nationalist websites in order to...

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Vassar hysteria over my free speech lecture was “like walking into an alternate reality”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:00am 11/1/2017 at 7:00am

On Tuesday night, October 31, 2017, I appeared on the Lars Larson radio show to talk about my experience at Vassar College. See these posts for the details:

Here are some of my comments during...

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Actual Malice at Vassar College

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:30pm 10/28/2017 at 8:30pm

I’m still trying to get my mind around the Vassar College campus reaction to my planned lecture on “hate speech” and free speech, which I wrote about in Safe Spaces and Safety Teams at Vassar College for My Lecture on Free Speech.

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff were whipped into a frenzy...

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Safe Spaces and Safety Teams at Vassar College for My Lecture on Free Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 2:20pm 10/26/2017 at 2:20pm

On October 25, 2017, I gave a speech at Vassar College on “An Examination of Hate Speech and Free Speech on College Campuses.” The main sponsor was the Vassar Conservative Libertarian Union, which also sponsored my 2014 speech at Vassar. Other sponsors were Students for Liberty and the Leadership Institute.

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Speaking at Vassar on October 25: An Examination of Hate Speech And Free Speech on College Campuses

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 8:15pm 10/17/2017 at 8:15pm
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We frequently cover issues related to free speech on campus, including shut-downs, shout-downs, disruptions, threats and violence.

There is a long history to this problem, and it first showed itself in attacks on Israeli, pro-Israel and Jewish speakers, as I documented in 

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Vassar College Student Government Heavily in Debt

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 12, 2017 at 1:30pm 6/12/2017 at 1:30pm
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Maybe student government should have spent more time on accounting, and less time trying to boycott Israel.

The Miscellany News reports:

VSA debt raises tough questions about budget oversight

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Vassar College sends Thanksgiving message bashing Trump and Bannon

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 5:00pm 11/23/2016 at 5:00pm
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If you didn’t read Legal Insurrection, you might think that liberal arts Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, just north of New York City, is an island of tolerance, understanding and freedom of thought. That’s what its website says.

But since you read Legal Insurrection, you know that for the past several years...

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Vassar Election Reaction: “students gathered for an impromp­tu primal scream”

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 18, 2016 at 3:00pm 11/18/2016 at 3:00pm

We’ve seen some *impressive* student reactions to the election of Donald Trump.

But the reaction of students at Vassar College appears to be our first “primal scream.”

The student newspaper reported:

By the end of election night, Vas­sar campus was filled with faces of somber disbelief. Social media outlets were flooded with indignant outcries...

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At Vassar College, hosting a pro-Israel speaker still is controversial

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 4:00pm 9/29/2016 at 4:00pm
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Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, has had an abysmal few years when it comes to anti-Israel and sometimes antisemitic activity. You can scroll through our Vassar Tag for dozens of posts.

Here are a few of those posts that provide an overview:

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Dozens of groups support plea for help from Vassar Jewish students

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 1:00pm 5/12/2016 at 1:00pm

Late last month, Vassar College students narrowly rejected a proposed Israel-boycott.

Legal Insurrection led the way in exposing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity at Vassar over the past two years. Key parts of the problem were vocal faculty who were hostile to Israel and favorable towards the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement....

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Vassar student body REJECTS Israel boycott

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 12:27pm 4/28/2016 at 12:27pm
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The Vassar student body voted the past two days on two anti-Israel referenda sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace.

For background on anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activism at Vassar, see Tuesday’s post, Vassar students start voting on anti-Israel referenda.

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Vassar students start voting on anti-Israel referenda

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 9:00pm 4/26/2016 at 9:00pm
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We have covered extensively the goings on at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, with regard to anti-Israel resolutions proposed by Vassar Students for Justice in Palestine and Vassar Jewish Voice for Peace.

The atmosphere has been particularly toxic, with overt acts of anti-Semitism and intimidation of students who oppose the Boycott, Divestment...

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Vassar Prof: “Anti-Jewish speech off and on campus is very real”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 8:00pm 3/22/2016 at 8:00pm

The anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement at Vassar College has been unusually ugly and aggressive in the two-plus years I’ve been covering developments there.

In my first post on March 27, 2014, Anti-Israel academic boycott turns ugly at Vassar, I detailed — based on interviews with professors who witnessed the events first-h...

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