Salem on the Thames: Moral Panic, Anti-Zionism, and the Triumph of Hate Speech at Connecticut College
This compelling volume focuses on the story of Andrew Pessin, a tenured philosophy professor at Connecticut College, who was accused by students and faculty of having "directly condoned the extermination of a people" based on a deliberate misreading of his 2015 Facebook post on the Israeli-Palestinian conﬂict. Salem on the Thames captures the events as they unfolded and discusses topics such as Western sentiments concerning Israeli-Palestinian relations, academics and free speech, antisemitism and diversity on the college campus, and social media and politics. The Pessin affair offers us a case study in a tendency towards "public shaming" reminiscent of the Salem witch trials that deeply compromises the integrity of academia.
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