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Cancellation culture backfired in one instance, as thousands registered to attend a guest lecture by a geophysics professor at Princeton University, whose commencement speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was canceled amid pressure from campus activists. was given.

Princeton Professor Robert P. George tweeted on Monday, “I’m pleased to report that we have expanded the Zoom quota for Dr. Dorian Abbott’s Princeton lecture – a shocking and shameful cancellation by MIT. It’s been done – and literally thousands of people have registered.” .

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The lecture, titled “Climate and the Potential for Life on Other Planets,” is scheduled to take place on October 21 at 4:30 p.m. ET via Zoom — the same day it was due to take place at MIT.

Professor blames leftist mob ‘outrage mob’ for cancellation of MIT lecture on climate science

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George, who is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, wrote in a follow-up tweet on Tuesday, “I extend a special invitation to the MIT students, faculty and alumni To zoom in on Dr. Dorian Abbott’s Princeton lectures, its essentials include freedom of thought, inquiry and discussion.

Dr. Dorian Abbott, a geophysical sciences associate professor at the University of Chicago, was set to deliver the John Carlson Lecture, billed by MIT as an annual lecture to communicate “exciting new results in climate science to the general public” Was. In the light of his research on climate change. But MIT withdrew his invitation because of the content of his planned lecture, but instead activists and MIT academics took issue with Abbott’s previous comments, which argued that academic assessment should be based on merit, not on race or ethnic identity.

Abbott and his colleague Ivan Marinovic had criticized the diversity, equality and inclusion initiatives of universities and some employers. newsweek Titled “The Diversity Problem on Campus”.

MIT announced that it has canceled Abbott’s participation in the lecture, the geophysicist “wrote a piece on”.Trivia with Bari WeissNoting that, “a small group of thinkers launched a Twitter campaign to cancel a prestigious science lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology because they disagreed with some of the political positions taken by the speaker.”

“I am a professor who canceled a prestigious public science lecture at MIT due to an outraged crowd on Twitter,” Abbott wrote. “This is not a partisan issue. Anyone who is interested in the pursuit of truth and in promoting a healthy and functioning society has a stake in this debate. It may sound risky to speak up now. But the price of keeping quiet is somewhere. is more.”