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Toxic Talk at Chico


“Universities should be places of vigorous debate, but its leaders should be discerning about the individuals they invite to speak on campus,” says Charles Geshekter in his report on the visit of anti-Israel polemicist Norman Finkelstein to California State University at Chico. Finkelstein doesn’t have a university home right now (he failed to get tenure at DePaul in a celebrated case), but his one-sided diatribes and ad hominem attacks (for example, calling Elie Wiesel “the resident clown of the Holocaust circus”) make for good speaking gigs at universities around the country.


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