Friday, September 21, 2007

Columbia Says It Canceled Ahmadinejad's Appearance

Why does it take conspicuous public outrage and droves of screaming alumni closing their checkbooks for a supposedly esteemed University to do what's right (or more accurately, not do what's wrong).

Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Columbia University said it canceled a planned speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after failing to reach agreement on the format of his scheduled appearance on Sept. 24.

Columbia wasn't able to ``establish a conversation with the Iranian embassy that would ensure to my satisfaction that the specific arrangements of any such program would reflect the academic values that are the hallmark of a university, university President Lee Bollinger said in a statement.

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