To the editor:

The Oct. 22 article on academic freedom at Yale-NUS College reports comments from four Yale faculty members, none of whom have taught at Yale-NUS and all of whom offered similar criticisms back in 2012 before the institution had even opened its doors. Since then, Yale-NUS has thrived and close to 150 Yale faculty members have visited the new college, almost half of whom, including myself, have taught students there. Let me suggest that it might have been more informative if some of the many Yale faculty members who have actually taught at Yale-NUS had been asked for comment, rather than relying on the same tired statements of distrust and enmity by the same small group of colleagues who have reflexively opposed the new venture all along.

Charles Bailyn ’81

A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of Astronomy and Physics

Yale University