antisemitism and free speech collide on campuses

Warning: this episode contains strong language.

Universities across the country strained under pressure to take a public position on the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by Hamas.

Nicholas Confessore, a political and investigative reporter for The Times, explains the story behind a congressional hearing that ended the career of one university president, jeopardized the jobs of two others, and kicked off an emotional debate about antisemitism and free speech on college campuses.


Nicholas Confessore, a political and investigative reporter for The New York Times.

Four women are sitting behind a long table with microphones. Behind them is a crowd of people.
Claudine Gay of Harvard, left, and Sally Kornbluth of M.I.T., right, are under pressure after their congressional testimony. Elizabeth Magill of Penn, second left, has resigned.Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

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Nicholas Confessore contributed reporting.

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