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Breaking: Econ Professor Al Gustman Slams Phil’s Choice of DoF Duthu

I’ve heard rumors for a while that Economics Professor Al Gustman was leading a charge against the appointment of BDS sympathizer Professor of Native American Studies Bruce Duthu. Word was the Gustman would go public unless the Hanlon administration responded in a meaningful way to his concerns. That day has come:



We should admire this letter for its craft as well as its content: Gustman looks at Dartmouth history, the varied parties who will be affected by Duthu’s appointment, the philosophical arguments against Hanlon’s decision, the counter-arguments put forward by people carrying water for the administration, and so on. I hope that you will read the entire missive with attention.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

In personal correspondence Duthu defends himself by referring colleagues to the NAISA allowance for, “collaboration with individuals and organizations in Israel/Palestine [that] can make an important contribution to the cause of justice.” Gustman aptly notes that this relegates academic discourse and collaboration to the realm of Duthu’s (or the BDS movements) personal interpretation of justice.

I decided to take a quick look at some of our offerings in the mathematics department. Last time I checked, the hard sciences aren’t particularly focused on the promotion of justice (I started with math specifically because of Hanlon’s involvement as a faculty member). I wasn’t surprised to learn we had a number of visiting professors who are either Israeli or come from Israeli institutions.

The Shapiro Visitor Program in Mathematics: Nishant Chandgotia (Tel Aviv University) spoke on “Distance between Walks on Graphs” during the 2015-2016 academic year. Additionally, Yuval Roichman (Bar-Ilan University) was at Dartmouth for the 2011-2012 academic year as part of the program. Professor Roichman returned to Dartmouth as part of the Shapiro Visitor Program in 2013-2014, and then for a third time in 2015-2016. *I imagine he must have contributed meaningfully to the Dartmouth community considering his return invitations…

I wonder how many fantastic speakers and visiting professors Dartmouth would lose if Duthu’s vision were implemented. Would Duthu have current visiting professors removed from their posts? The language in the letter he co-authored makes his position on collaboration quite clear. Assuming Duthu is a man of his word, and competent at implementing and executing directives (presumably a key function of the position “Dean of Faculty”), we would stop working with our colleagues in Israel. I am left with one final question: How many Jews will be asked to leave the College?


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