As noted in the earlier post “Party Time,” Brandeis has been recieving a fair beat of heat for graphic design. The logo for a conference on right-wing radicalism featured a swastika, which some conservative media figures interpreted as demonizing the Tea Party.
Despite the fact that the pressure was coming from a very small (if vocal) segment of the population and has only been in the public eye for a few days, Brandeis has already caved. The press release notes that the logo has been removed from the conference’s event page, and assures us that “Brandeis regrets the unintended association and pain this caused.”
Keep this in mind as the campaign against Michael Oren as a commencement speaker grows: when confronted with a minimal amount of outside pressure, the university jumps to rectify the problem. What will be their response when our own community expresses much greater concerns about a campus ceremony?