Big Things Poppin’
Written by Bwog Staff
As the Spec reported earlier , Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, controversial for his views on the United States, Israel, the holocaust, and nuclear weapons, among other things, will be speaking at Columbia on Monday, September 24th, as part of the World Leaders Forum. Apparently, half his time will be spent answering audience questions. UPDATE: Register here. UPDATE II: It’s full.
In anticipation of the controversy, Columbian President Lee Bollinger is also planning to answer audience questions, from a select group of students invited to meet with him at 1:30 pm tomorrow. These “representatives of the student body” will hear him explain his decision to include Ahmadinejad, with a special non-corporate use of Lerner 555 as a meeting place.
The e-mail sent to the students by Bollinger’s chief of staff, Susan Glancy, follows the jump – DHI
Dear Student Leaders,
On Monday, September 24, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is scheduled to appear as a speaker on campus. The event is sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs, which has been in contact with the Iranian Mission to the U.N. The event will be part of the annual World Leaders Forum, the University-wide initiative intended to further Columbia’s longstanding tradition of
serving as a major forum for robust debate, especially on global issues.
In order to have such a University-wide forum, we have insisted that a number of conditions be met, first and foremost that President Ahmadinejad agree to divide his time evenly between delivering remarks and responding to audience questions. President Bollinger also wanted to be sure that President Ahmedinijad and his staff understood that
he himself will introduce the event with a series of sharp challenges to President Ahmadinejad on numerous issues. Today it was confirmed that President Ahmedinijad’s staff agreed to these conditions.
President Bollinger would now like to turn to you since undoubtedly many students will have concerns with the appearance of President Ahmedinijad on campus. In anticipation of these concerns, President Bollinger would like to meet with you as representatives of the student body to discuss the complexities of this event. Please join him in Lerner Hall,
room 555 tomorrow afternoon, September 20, at 1:30 p.m.
Please RSVP by responding to this e-mail. Should you not be able to attend and wish to send a representative of your student group, please contact me by 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning with the name of the individual you would like to attend in your place.