It is gratifying to hear positions and names — and facts — spoken in open court.
I think of Dr. Ford sitting across from all those white men, who have the power to judge her credibility — which they will attack. So let’s imagine a tenure case in which senior white males send in secret poison letters, fearful of junior faculty who have already demonstrated they will speak out about professorial sexual misconduct. These men have long considered sexual access to students as part of their compensation package — and they are determined to be rid of a junior colleague who does not go along to get along. She is not a dutiful daughter, and would never counsel another woman to be one either. These men have far too much power to determine a woman’s fate, be it in the courtroom, the boardroom, the hallowed halls of the Ivy Leagues, or on the Supreme Court.
Retaliation is real and this is an important case. It points to why it matters that we are heard before a jury of our peers and not a judge in private proceedings. Senior professors have the power to sink a tenure case with a poisoned letter, a pernicious phone call, or a biased and vindictive appearance before an ad hoc committee. I press on with my lawsuit against Harvard because certain people should be held accountable for what they did—- and others for what they failed to do.
By Professor Pamela L. Geller, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 24:188-219, 2018.
From Mapping Feminist Anthropology for the 21st Century, edited by Ellen Lewin and Leni Silverstein
The vote to confirm the woefully unqualified Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education was delayed due to an outpouring of resistance. The hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will now be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 31 so that Republicans have more time to garner votes. We must act now:
Please call one of the following Republican Senators (key in the confirmation vote) to express your opposition on the appointment. At least 3 of these senators need to be convinced in order to block DeVos’ nomination. Don’t email. Don’t tweet. Don’t complain on Facebook. Please call them!
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Susan Collins (ME) 207.622.8414..&..202.224.2523
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