University of Michigan rescinds invitation to Alice Walker | Inside Higher Ed

The University of Michigan apparently invited Walker because of her literary reputation, but she says she was disinvited because her politics offended donors.She had been invited to speak at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the universitys Center for the Education of Women. On her blog, Walker posted an e-mail from her agent telling her that the university had rescinded the invitation.The agents e-mail said: “I’m saddened to write this because I’m a proponent of free speech and have been brought up to allow everyone to have their say. But I also realize that there are other considerations that institutions are faced with. This afternoon I was contacted by the University of Michigan instructing me to withdraw their invitation due to the removal of funding from the donors, because of their interpretation of Ms. Walker’s comments regarding Israel. They are not willing to fund this program and the university/Women’s center do not have the resources to finance this on their own.”Walker titled her blog post about the incident “In Case Youve Ever Wondered How Its Done: Censorship by Purse String.”

 

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