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Human rights author Edwin Black
met with backlash and walk-out
BY AMOL GARG & VALERIA SOSA
STAFf= Writer & News Editor
On Nov. 4, Edwin Black, an award-winning but
controversial investigative reporter came to campus to
deliver a presentation titled "Financing the Flames," from
his book of the same name, which explores the use of
American taxpayer money to fund incarcerated Palestinians
who have been imprisoned for anti-Israeli activities.
He has been an active journalist for more thari 40 years,
published 11 books, and been nominated for a Pulitzer prize
nine times. He has also received awards for human rights
reporting and been interviewed on numerous television
shows in the United States, Europe and Latin America.
In introducing Black, Vice President and Academic Dean
Adrienne Israel stressed the value of bringing speakers to
campus who represent different points of view, as unpopular
as they might be.
"When I was in college, we specialized in challenging
people we disagreed with and having these kinds of
arguments," she said "And I kind of miss that at Guilford
sometimes. I think we avoid disagreement and feel
threatened by it. I remember vividly being in college and
having some fiery conversations. I believe that as long as
people continue talking to each other, then we have a chance
to make progress."
The Students for Justice in Palestine, however, disagreed
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lIIemba^fTThrEastSeT^ound on Tuesday, Nov. Edwin Black’s lecture “Financing the Flames.” Many students walked out In protest shortly after he began to speak.
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