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1. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

I am sure we spent part of our life in a university.
What do you think about Bollinger's speech?
Do you think if he has embarrassed US academics?
Do you think he was right about his speech?
Bollinger's speech

2. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

Lee C. Bollinger is president of Columbia University in the City of New York and a member of the faculty of the Law School. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Columbia Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Law Review. After serving as law clerk for Judge Wilfred Feinberg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Chief Justice Warren Burger on the U.S. Supreme Court, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School in 1973. In 1987 he was named dean of the University of Michigan Law School, a position he held for seven years. He became provost of Dartmouth College and professor of government in July 1994 and was named the twelfth president of the University of Michigan in November 1996. His primary teaching and scholarly interests are free speech and first amendment issues. He has published numerous books, articles, and essays in scholarly journals on these and other subjects. Three highly acclaimed contributions include Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era; Images of a Free Press; and The Tolerant Society: Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, and a member of the boards of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Royal Shakespeare Company of Great Britain. President Bollinger is the recipient of several awards for his strong defense of affirmative action in higher education, including the National Humanitarian Award from the National Conference on Community and Justice.

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Kombizz's link is to an interview with Dr. Sephen Zunes of the University of San Francisco. This article does not contain Bollinger's speech. So, for those who have only heard about but do not know the whole context of President Bollinger's speech, here is a link (Columbia University):

Pres. Bollinger's Introductory Remarks

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 28, 2007, at 11:38 AM by Isadora ]

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Bollinger asked difficult questions, because he was talking to a controversial head of state. I think he was right to pose the questions. I'm not sure he needed to include so much pro-western rhetoric in them, but Ahmy more than matched the rhetoric with his responses, which incidentally pretty much ignored the point of the questions entirely somehow.

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Never heard of the twat. I thought this was about champagne.

6. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

These are Bollinger's closing remarks, taken from Isa's link

Let me close with this comment. Frankly, and in all candor, Mr. President, I doubt that you will have the intellectual courage to answer these questions. But your avoiding them will in itself be meaningful to us. I do expect you to exhibit the fanatical mindset that characterizes so much of what you say and do. Fortunately, I am told by experts on your country, that this only further undermines your position in Iran with all the many good-hearted, intelligent citizens there. A year ago, I am reliably told, your preposterous and belligerent statements in this country (as in your meeting at the Council on Foreign Relations) so embarrassed sensible Iranian citizens that this led to your party’s defeat in the December mayoral elections. May this do that and more.

Clearly Bollinger sounds quite intelligent and he doubts the abilities of the President at the outset, which of course is not a quality of a truly intellectual person. I appreciate his concern for the Iranian citizens and he is eager to vouch for them even if they dont seek his help.

I believe President of Iran is right about one thing he said, " if US is in the process of testing fifth generation nuclear weapons why cant they procduce even first generation weapons".

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 29, 2007, at 3:33 AM by arif_kool ]

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Regardless of the subject matter, it's in pretty bad taste to invite a speaker to your University and then proceed to berate and insult him. Bollinger could have simply voiced his opinion on the matter, or stated that he and his uiversity did not in any way endorse the President of Iran's ideas, actions, opinions, etc. etc. But the whole inviting and attacking him just seems like a set up, and it makes both sides look bad.

What I did like about the whole thing is that the President of Iran was invited in the first place. It says a lot for freedom of speech and defines the true meaning of democracy - where, no matter your opinion, you can voice it. It's in the subsequent question period that democracy should sharpen its teeth and fight back.

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

I only care for Bollinger on Newyears evening

9. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

I only care for Bollinger on Newyears evening

Funny Michael this is exactly what l thought when l read the title of the thread - l was gonna say l prefer Krystal!

Still l know nothing about the topic so l dont want to that the topic off what it was intended!

10. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 9y

Quoting james

Never heard of the twat. I thought this was about champagne.
Quoting Utrecht

I only care for Bollinger on Newyears evening

Quoting Purdy

Funny Michael this is exactly what l thought when l read the title of the thread - l was gonna say l prefer Krystal!

Still l know nothing about the topic so l dont want to that the topic off what it was intended!

Not a fan of the stuff, there are much nicer sparkling wines about than that pretentious, over priced grape juice. Give me a Guinness anyday