Some months ago Jonathan blogged about the mysterious case of Nalini Ghuman, a musicologist who had been barred from re-entering the United States for reasons that have never been made clear. The New York Times caught up with the case this morning. I have nothing much to add here except (1) Still? Still this is going on? and (2) at least people are beginning to pay attention.
And (3), in case you are inclined to blow this off (I mean, she’s just a musicologist), Leon Botstein is right about what the stakes are: “What is at stake is America’s pre-eminence as a place of scholarship.”
My own suspicion is that the government screwed up and just doesn’t want the embarassment of having to admit it screwed up. It’s just easier to ruin this woman’s life.