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University of Michigan: Reverse decision to disinvite Alice Walker

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University of Michigan: Reverse decision to disinvite Alice Walker

To be delivered to Gloria D. Thomas, Director of the Center for the Education of Women

Petition Statement

We urge you to reverse the decision to disinvite celebrated novelist Alice Walker from speaking at the University of Michigan. This ill-considered decision was a blow against academic freedom and free speech. If the decision is not reversed, the University of Michigan's reputation as an upholder of academic values will be tarnished.
There are currently 261 signatures. NEW goal - We need 300 signatures!

Petition Background

"World-renowned American author Alice Walker has been disinvited from giving a speech at the University of Michigan because a donor objects to her views on Israel, the agent negotiating the contract was told.
Walker, the Pultizer Prize winning author of The Color Purple, posted on her blog an excerpt of a letter from the agent informing her that the invitation to keynote the 50th anniversary celebration of the Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan had been withdrawn."
-"Alice Walker disinvited from University of Michigan over ‘Israel comments’"
http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/alice-walker-disinvited-university-michigan-over-israel-comments

Urge the University of Michigan to reverse this decision and re-invite Walker.

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