Susan Rosenberg, who had been invited to Hamilton College as an artist-in-residence with the Kirkland Project, has decided to withdraw. She was scheduled for a month-long seminar on memoir writing next semester, which raised concerns both on and off campus because of her past. Ms. Rosenberg served 16 years in prison for possession of explosives and weapons before her sentence was commuted by President Clinton in 2001.
The Hamilton College faculty met on Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 7) and engaged in a thorough and thoughtful discussion and affirmed the high value they place on the free expression of a diversity of opinions by people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Ms. Rosenberg subsequently indicated that she considered it in the best interests of all parties to withdraw.