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Venkatesan Seeks National Press Coverage for Lawsuit

Writes Priya Venkatesan to “Jodi Cohen, who is a Chicago Tribune
reporter/newswriter that [sic] covers higher education:”

Dear Jodi:

I emailed you earlier concerning my “miserable experience” as both Research Fellow and Lecturer at Dartmouth. I wanted to let you know that I am trying to pursue a legal claim against Dartmouth College, including the Medical School and Medical Center there.

I wanted to inform you of Dartblog and the link below consists of an interview I had with a Dartblog reporter. This interview, at the beginning, has a link to an article written by a member of the Dartmouth community, who I believe is associated with the Dartmouth Review (if you know what I mean). I think if you read this article you will get a sense of the hostile, nasty and anti-intellectual environment at Dartmouth, and the malevolent atmosphere I had to endure there.

In short, I would like to interview with you as soon as possible since I think this needs the attention of a credible news source that is respected on a national scale, such as the Tribune in the interests of justice and fairness. I am a member of the Chicago community (I am a Fellow at that great campus on Lake Michigan!), a community I believe respects the values of pluralism and diversity, and would not tolerate this deprecating, demeaning and obnoxious behavior as a result of the misguided ideals and attitudes of a bunch of arrogant brats and egotistical academics who are full of themselves. Please contact me at [redacted] at your earliest convenience.

Thanks so much for your time.


ZAK adds: Coverage of the Venkatesan affair can also be found at the New York Post and Chronicle of Higher Education.


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