A Canceled Talk, and Questions About Just Who Is Politicizing Science

Colleen Flaherty
Inside Higher Ed

Excerpt: Dorian S. Abbot, an associate professor of geophysics at the University of Chicago, is speaking out against the cancellation of a lecture he was scheduled to give later this month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He says he’s being punished for his views on higher education’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, which he’s referred to as a top-down “regime.”

Robert van der Hilst, head of MIT’s earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences department, said in a separate statement that the Carlson lecture “isn’t a scientific talk for fellow scientists. It has a very specific format and public outreach component, seeking to build public understanding of climate science and to inspire and engage with area high school students.” In this light, “We felt that with the current distractions we would not be in a position to hold an effective outreach event.”