Kristofer J. Petersen-Overton, the Brooklyn College teacher removed from his class scheduled to start next week because of objections to his criticism of Israel, announced in an email that he will be hired back by Brooklyn College.
The case revealed some of the defenders and opponents of academic freedom. FIRE sent a letter written by Adam Kissel to Brooklyn College, expressing concern and asking administrators to explain what happened. The NAS wrote in Petersen-Overton's defense. By contrast, KC Johnson, writing for Minding the Campus, did not utter a word of criticism for the firing of this professor. Instead, Johnson denounced as "groupthink" the decision to hire him in the first place.