Letter to the Editor | Feb. 17
On Tuesday, Feb. 18, Richard Falk will be delivering the Edward Said Memorial Lecture. Publicity for the lecture lists the English department as one of three cosponsors of the event, along with the Said Memorial Lecture Committee and the Princeton Committee on Palestine. We, the undersigned, senior faculty members in the English department, dissent from our department’s cosponsorship of this lecture. The department automatically funds the Said lectures on a yearly, ongoing basis and, as a department, neither determines who is chosen by the autonomous Said committee nor approves the choice after it has been made. We find the choice of Falk, a tendentious critic of Israel and an inflammatory voice on Middle Eastern politics, to be an unfortunate one.