Letter: Yale controls its Press

Professor Anthony Kronman’s recent editorial, “Yale is Distinct from its Press” (Sept. 30), warrants a brief reply. Kronman, who sits on the Board of Governors of Yale University Press, bears a measure of personal responsibility for the moment we are in— where Yale has, for the first time, censored a wide range of images, all of them relevant to an author’s argument.

Kronman writes that the University and its Press are “distinct.” This is undoubtedly true, but it obscures the larger point: Yale owns, operates, and controls the Press, which is nothing more than a constituent part of the larger University.

The question of the day remains: Will Yale acknowledge its mistake and stand up for a free press? Last week, in a letter to the Yale Corporation signed by 44 alumni and faculty, the Yale Committee for a Free Press urged the University to reprint Jytte Klausen’s book, with the censored images restored. We await a response.

Michael Steinberg

Bethesda

Oct. 6

The writer is a 1974 graduate of Yale College.

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