THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
VIEW ON GAZA’S YOUTH STIRS CONTROVERSY

Harvard center thrives on free exchange of ideas

March 10, 2010

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YOUSEF MUNAYYER’S insightful essay (“Gaza’s youth not ‘superfluous,’ ’’ Op-ed, March 3) gives Martin Kramer’s positions on the Middle East the response many of us, as individuals, feel they deserve. Munayyer also correctly attributes those views to Kramer himself, rather than to Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

As an academic institution that thrives on the free exchange of ideas, the center never pre-screens, censors, or censures the political or policy positions of any of its affiliates; to do so would seriously undermine the center’s mission. (For example, the center never exonerated Kramer from those who have disagreed with him, contrary to a recent headline in Kramer’s blog, which he later changed.)

Academic freedom is the lifeblood of the Weatherhead Center. We who work at the center will continue to defend this freedom, even when, as individuals, we may disagree with the content of a particular message.

Beth Simmons
Director
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Harvard University
Cambridge

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