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Jeffrey Sacks

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The Irvine 11, the Police, and the Autonomy of the University

[The Irvine 11. Image from latimes.com]

The recent conviction of ten University of California students of two misdemeanor counts of disrupting and conspiring to disrupt a speech given by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren on 8 February 2010, points to the stifling of free speech and academic work and inquiry in the university. Three of the Irvine 11 are students at the University of California, Riverside, and two of these UCR students have been my own: Taher Herzallah and Shaheen Nassar. Both were studious, ...

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Jeffrey Sacks

 

Jeffrey Sacks is Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages at the University of California, Riverside. His work has appeared or will appear in Diacritics, MLN: Modern Language Notes, CR: The New Centennial Review, The Journal of Palestine Studies, The Arab Studies Journal, and The New Yorker. He has also translated a volume of poetry by Mahmoud Darwish, Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone? (New York: Archipelago, 2006).