Why Not Talk About BDS?

Last week I spoke with Corey Robin, who teaches in the Brooklyn College political science department, about the department’s decision to co-sponsor a panel of speakers who are advocates for the controversial Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The event became embroiled in a high-profile dispute over academic freedom after local elected officials attempted to pressure the department to withdraw its co-sponsorship, and some even threatened the college’s funding over the matter. In this clip, Robin and I discuss the drawbacks for BDS opponents in attempting to silence these sorts of discussions:

Sarah Posner, author of God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, covers politics and religion. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The American ProspectThe NationSalon, and other publications. Follow her on TwitterRSS feed Email