Yale University announced this month that it would close an institute dedicated to the study of anti-Semitism, the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism. In the wake of controversy over that decision, Yale has now announced that it will open a new center dedicated to the same subject.
Between the closing and opening lies a telling tale about research in a politically charged world.
Yale initially stated that it decided to close the original center after a routine five-year review because it "failed to meet high standards for research and instruction," and "no core of faculty research or student interest has developed around the center." Questions were immediately raised about whether academic performance was the only thing on Yale's mind.