Clark President Bassett: Finkelstein not unwelcome for Clark speech

It looks like controversial Holocaust scholar Norman Finkelstein will be allowed to speak at Clark later this semester. In a statement from Clark University President John Bassett, he says that, “At no time did I indicate that Professor Finkelstein would not speak at Clark on another occasion.”

And speech sponsors Clark University Students for Palestinian Rights say on online posts that they are working to bring him back this semester.

Bassett’s full statement after the jump.

My decision to decline to bring Professor Norman Finkelstein to campus next week was based upon mindful concern of a scheduling conflict with an institutionally sponsored event that had been in the planning stages for more than a year. This concern remains.

At no time did I indicate that Professor Finkelstein would not speak at Clark on another occasion.

If our students wish to schedule the speaker here before the semester ends, or in the future, they can certainly work through the student planning process to make this happen.

I have respect and often commend the activism of Clark’s bright and engaged students. I expect this administration and Clark’s many student organizations will work together on these and other issues now and as we move forward.

John Bassett, President
Clark University

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  1. Chris Caesar

    At no time did the President’s office indicate it would unequivocally allow him to return — they only said they remained “open” to the possibility.

    This is a tremendous victory for these students.

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