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Charlotte Johnson on the Curriculum
Chris Clark ‘14 has a post on the Dartmouth Afro-American Society Facebook page in which he quotes a response from Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson to his e-mail “about the race and gender class as well as the administrations response to racial bias incidences”:
“As you may or may not know, we are moving forward with a coalition focused on actions that will positively impact the campus climate. A distributive requirement or some sort of mandatory course focused on diversity and inclusion has been suggested and is being considered. Other ideas will be considered as well, and some will be easier and more quickly implemented than others.” [Emphasis added]
Maybe my satirical post about a “candlelight vigil on the Green in support of diversity” was more on the money than I thought. Would a course “focused on diversity and inclusion” be anything more than ten weeks of sensitivity training?
That said, Dean Johnson has a long row to hoe before she can make changes to the distributive requirements in the curriculum. The faculty will see to that — though maybe this new course will not be taught by professors at all, but rather by enlightened administrators like Dean Johnson? Either way, it would be a new low for the College.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…