The Chronicle of Higher Education

Bard President Responds to Critics of Far-Right Figure’s Talk

October 25, 2017

Bard College (NY) President Leon Botstein writes:  I read with some sadness the open letter to the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities and Bard College, signed by a stellar cast of distinguished colleagues.  The invitation by an academic center on a college campus, even one named for a distinguished individual, does not constitute either legitimation or endorsement. Right-wing and neo-fascist parties are a reality of modern political life. We cannot pretend they do not exist. We need to hear what their representatives claim directly so that they can be properly challenged.