David Palumbo-Liu (@palumboliu) is the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor at Stanford. His most recent book is The Deliverance of Others: Reading Literature in a Global Age. He blogs for Truthout, Salon, The Huffington Post and Al Jazeera, and is a contributing editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books.
Leading intellectuals are outraged that Monique Canto-Sperber, who famously quashed two events sponsored by Israel critics, is being given the stage to discuss “freedom of speech.”
Under the spurious claim of protecting “civility,” the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has caved in to the McCarthyite bullying of the Israel lobby.