When Should University Presidents Speak Out?
“In our haste, we chose the wrong words for the wrong time,” explained Executive Director Steven Smith, speaking for just about everyone who has ever been involved in writing public statements following fraught national developments. In this case, Smith was reflecting on the decision of his organization, the American Political Science Association, to revise its original statement about the violent Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol. APSA did so because members vehemently objected to an equivocating line of “both sides should do better” that ended the first statement.
Originally published: January 20, 2021
Author: Pete Mackey
Institution: Mackey Strategies
Published by: Inside Higher Ed