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Dartmouth’s Melissa Click?

Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Professor Annabel Martin (upper photo) didn’t quite say “I need some muscle over here,” like the now-fired Melissa Click (lower photo) did at the University of Missouri as she tried to impede a student photographer from reporting on an undergraduate protest; Martin simply called in Dartmouth Safety & Security and then the Town of Hanover Police when a student attempted to record an open-to-the-public panel discussion that included Rutgers Professor Jasbir Puar:

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What a sad day for the College when visiting speakers can dictate to our faculty whether their words can or cannot be recorded — especially when many people expected that an anti-Semitic diatribe was in the offing. Seems to me like an anti-trust violation of the free market in ideas. Or at least a contravention of the court’s rules regarding the preservation of evidence.

Addendum: The College itself recorded the Puar panel, just as it records faculty meetings — which are open to the public, too — but where “Observers are not permitted to tape any part of the proceedings…” If readers wonder how I can quote verbatim from meetings of the faculty, please rest assured that no “taping” is involved.

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