The Chinese activist would find a very different world at the Manhattan institution.
When it came to dealing with the blind activist Chen Guangcheng, the authorities in Beijing apparently decided against sending him back to house arrest and offered him freedom as a law student. Chen countered that he wanted to study in the U.S. -- no small ask, but one it appears China will grant.
The official response was that, if he wanted to study overseas, he could go through "normal channels to the relevant departments, according to the law, just like any other Chinese citizen." It's rumored he's been offered a fellowship at New York University.
We don't yet know Chen's next steps, or if he'd even attend NYU if he came to the U.S. to study, but if he did he might find a very different sort of environment than the one he's accustomed to from seven years of house arrest.
He'd be at an old-line, first-rate institution whose long-standing concern for civil liberties is unassailable and manifested by a law school symposium Chen could check out Tuesday if he can get out of Beijing that fast: "Turkey's Constitutional Transition -- Institutional Reform, Regime Change and a Bill of Rights -- Are They Possible?"