Wednesday, March 21, 2012

THE ISSUE OF FREE INQUIRY AT RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

George Bissell, Editor-in-Chief
The Anchor
Rhode Island College
Providence, Rhode Island
editorinchief@anchorweb.org

21 March 2012

Mr. Bissel:

Earlier this month we submitted a print ad to run in The Anchor that read: "Inconvenient History: The Power of Taboo," along with a URL that leads to the Website of Inconvenient History: A Quarterly Journal for Free Historical Inquiry. The ad appeared one time in The Anchor, but was then suppressed because of a "reaction" from a professor or someone representing a special interest on your campus. We have no other information.

The Spring 2012 issue of Inconvenient History includes:

Editorial: Bookburning in the Style of 2011
Resistance Is Obligation
Ritual Defamation: A Contemporary Academic Example
Stephen F. Pinter, An Early Revisionist
A Postcard from Treblinka
Review: The Wandering Who
The Palestinians as an "Invented People"
Relegation--A Formula for Blowback

What special interest at RIC would be invested in suppressing access to such information by RIC students? Perhaps you should ask those who are presenting the Belfer First Step Workshop on the Holocaust at RIC this week. It is certain that The Workshop will represent the demonstrably problematic perspective on the history of that fragment of World War ll referred to as "Holocaust." It is a given that nothing presented at such an event can be questioned publicly.

Should it not be different with The Anchor? Is it not the ideal of journalism, of a free press, to allow and even to encourage a free exchange of ideas? You may not think so.

Still, I understand you are in a difficult situation. You would have to stand alone against the entire faculty and administration of Rhode Island College if you were to try to allow an ad from Inconvenient History to run in The Anchor.

Sincerely,

Bradley Smith

PS: If I am informed I am wrong about any of the above I will acknowledge my error publicly.

I can be reached at bradley1930@yahoo.com

or

PO Box 439016
San Ysidro, CA 92143
Telephone: 209 682 5327


[ This letter has been copied to students and faculty at RIC.]

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