The Globe has an interesting piece on Brandeis academic Jytte Klausen's book being censored by Yale University Press for fear of Muslim-related "bloodshed."
The article speaks vaguely of concern by security experts and the publisher that not censoring the material might have contributed to bloodshed. No mention of Brandeis nor its Jewish connections was made in that context, and there was no mention of the position of Brandeis officials. While the article seems to lay some blame on Yale University Press, the article does not address whether the publisher was in part attempting to protect Brandeis from possible violent extremist backlash.
Given that someone at Brandeis seems to be raising a fuss, and that the Globe elected to report on the story, a little more detail seems appropriate. There are obvious questions about whether Brandeis's perceived Jewish connections might have contributed to tensions, and whether security at Brandeis might have been threatened. Even if the Globe was exercising some discretion, it seems to me inappropriate to blame Yale without even subtly acknowledging the question of whether Yale was protecting Brandeis. The answer might be that Yale was indeed protecting Brandeis, or that the issue was tensions in the Middle East, or that Yale was in fact more concerned about funding from Muslims than about security, or something else.
Back on Aug. 13, as noted by Boston-area blogger Martin Solomon.
even ivygate scooped you http://www.ivygateblog.com/2009/08/yale-fears-poss...
And for being an idiot enough not to Google News Search for other coverage of this story. :)
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