• Joel Brown

    Staff Writer

    Joel Brown

    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 2 comments on Determined? Divisive? Misunderstood? John Silber, Seen through His Daughter’s Eyes

  1. Interesting that you note he was “divisive” and “controversial” but didn’t mention why. Would have loved more details on his history of bigotry and discrimination, including racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism.

  2. I have no doubt that portrait of Silber that his daughter writes about in her book is true. But it’s only just a facet of his personality, and so we should be able to recognize that the two ideas of “Silber was a man of principle and loving father” and “Silber made life more difficult and dealt much harm to BU’s LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff” can both be true at the same time.

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