Columbia’s Statement on Ahmadinejad

September 24, 2007

The Columbia University Office of Communications and Public Affairs is getting a LOT of calls about the university’s decision to invite Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak on campus today. Emails are not being returned and their voice-mail system sends callers to a recorded statement including a quote from president Lee Bollinger.

Maybe I’m not the best typer, but the statement was read fast enough to make transcribing a challenge. Bollinger emphasized that a number of conditions had to be met in order for them to consider having him on campus, “first and foremost that President Ahmadinejad agree to divide his time evenly between delivering remarks and responding to audience questions.” The full statement can be read here. You can also listen to the statement and additional updates by calling (212) 854-7328. Give us your take in the comments.

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One Response to “Columbia’s Statement on Ahmadinejad”

  1. Adam Says:

    By requiring Ahmadinejad to answer questions Bollinger is fulfilling his academic duty. Stupid for Bollinger though, because right-wing nutcases are already gunning for him because of the minuteman assault last year…


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