September/October 2022Vol. XXXV No. 1

Concern with MIT’s Response to Professor Abbot

Vera Yudovina

To The Faculty Newsletter:

As a mother of a 2015 graduate, I fully agree with the opinions of Dr. Geil, and with the open letter. We had sent our son to MIT because we thought he would be exposed to all kinds of ideas, some of them eye-opening, some controversial. And that he would be able to hear the best scientists, and those scientists would be chosen based on their research and not on their views. This was exactly what I lacked at my alma mater in the USSR. 

MIT was true to our expectations – till that shameful episode with Professor Abbot’s lecture. I hope it is not too late to set it right.