Author: Leon Botstein

LEON BOTSTEIN is the president of Bard College, the music director of The American Symphony Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and the author of Jefferson’s Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture (Doubleday).

The Bard ISM Student Organization Controversy

Over the past several weeks, Bard College and I as its president have been the object of unsubstantiated, exaggerated, and often vitriolic accusations regarding a student group on campus that has chosen to affiliate itself with an organization called the International Solidarity Movement. Some of those who have posted on blogs and written emails claim that ISM is a "terrorist" organization committed to the destruction of the State of Israel and its people.