John Raisian, the director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford, will attend the university's Faculty Senate meeting Nov. 8 to answer questions about the controversial appointment of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to a one-year position at Hoover.
The senate voted Oct. 11 to invite Raisian after faculty criticism and a petition protesting Rumsfeld's Hoover appointment as a "distinguished visiting fellow."
As of today, 3,898 people have signed the faculty-generated petition protesting the Rumsfeld appointment.
The appointment was the subject of a lively debate at the Oct. 11 senate meeting, with some faculty members criticizing the appointment and others defending it on the basis of free speech.
The Hoover Institution, located on the Stanford campus, is a think tank and historical library that operates independently of the university.
As former defense secretary, Rumsfeld was responsible for many of the decisions regarding the conduct of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The faculty petition objects to his appointment "as fundamentally incompatible with the ethical values of truthfulness, tolerance, disinterested inquiry, respect for national and international laws, and care for the opinions, property and lives of others to which Stanford is inalienably committed."
The Faculty Senate is part of the academic governance of the university, consisting of 55 members elected to represent their faculty colleagues on academic and other university issues.
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