Inside a Democratic Governor’s Bid to Push Penn on Antisemitism

Inside a Democratic Governor’s Bid to Push Penn on Antisemitism

HARRISBURG, Pa.—Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro worked behind the scenes for months trying to shape how the University of Pennsylvania balanced free speech and harassment, as the Ivy League institution faced mounting criticism for its handling of antisemitism on its West Philadelphia campus.

The first-term Democrat said he spoke several times with Penn’s then-president, Liz Magill, and Scott Bok, chair of the private university’s board of trustees, laying out recommendations on disciplining faculty, responding to vandalism and combating misinformation.

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