Wellesley faculty propose cutting ties with university in China over professor's call for freedom

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

More than 130 faculty members at Wellesley College have signed a petition saying leaders of their institution should "reconsider" a newly-formed partnership with a university in China if officials there move forward with plans to fire a professor for speaking out in favor of democracy and individual freedom.

Professor David Xia Yeliang of the school of economics at Peking University “is facing dismissal for exercising his right of free speech on issues related to democracy, the rule of law, and individual freedom,” the “open letter” from Wellesley College faculty said.

“We believe that dismissing Prof. Xia for political reasons is such a fundamental violation of academic freedom that we, as individuals, would find it very difficult to engage in scholarly exchanges with Peking University,” the letter said. “If he is dismissed, we will encourage Wellesley College to reconsider our institutional partnership.”

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