Alumnus Jeffrey Hersh Blasts Brandeis’s ‘Disgraceful Act’ of Rescinding Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Honorary Degree

At FPM, historian Jeffrey Hersh has some blistering words for Brandeis president Fred Lawrence. He begins:

As a scholar whose 1981 PhD comes from Brandeis, I read the news that you rescinded the offer of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali with particular disgust and anger. Your decision is an act of cowardice and appeasement to those 85 faculty members who signed their document of intolerance, and it has done deep and long-lasting damage to a university whose very existence is predicated on redressing the damage that discrimination within the academy had done to American Jews for so many years. Unless you can find some way to repair the damage you have done, I will not identify with or support Brandeis as long as you are its President.

Rest is here.