I was surprised to learn that Rensselaer Polytechnic had closed the art exhibition of Wafaa Bilal.
As an artist and an American, I would urge you to consider the free speech issues that are raised by the action. It is crucial that Americans, and especially students, be exposed to perspectives that challenge us to think through the consequences of our government policies on controversial topics. This is important for both democracy and education.
Please make your campus an example of academic freedom and democratic principal rather than a harbinger of America’s slide into fear and repression.