pjbogart wrote:I can't think of any good reason, including costs, to prevent a sitting President from giving a speech at your University. Even considering that the speech was a self-serving campaign speech, such an opportunity for the students to see democracy in action surely outweighs any temporary disruption of campus routine.
Yes, I agree. I think the benefits outweighed the costs. Though it's worth noting that many of the complaints in the letter aren't about having the speech on campus per se, but rather issues surrounding it, such as the mechanism of getting a ticket (you had to give your info to the Obama campaign) and the location (forcing many UW staffers to take a personal day or make up hours).
The very fact that Downs was invited to CPAC tells me that his position was unreasonable, given that "unreasonable" is practically a requirement for attendance.
Again, the letter was signed by some ideologically diverse profs. You (and I) disagree with their conclusions. That's great. But 15 posts in, I'm still waiting for someone to provide evidence of how Professor Downs is not a friend of free speech, which I took to be the point of this thread.