University Students Protest After Professor’s Defense of Limbaugh

Last Wednesday, 30 students at the University of Rochester protested in the classroom of Professor Steven Landsburg, an economics professor who defended Rush Limbaugh’s inflammatory verbal attack on Sandra Fluke. Professor Landsburg indicated in a blog post about Fluke that although he didn’t approve of Limbaugh calling Fluke a “slut,” “Her position – which is what’s at issue here – deserves [no respect] whatsoever. It deserves to only be ridiculed, mocked and jeered. To treat it with respect would be a travesty.”

Joel Seligman, President of the University of Rochester, issued a statement also criticizing Professor Landsurg: “I am outraged that any professor would demean a student in this fashion. To openly ridicule, mock, or jeer a student in this way is about the most offensive thing a professor can do. We are here to educate, to nurture, to inspire, not to engage in character assassination.”

Think Progress 3/9/12; Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 3/8/12

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