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Let’s Talk to Bruce

From an article in The Algemeiner yesterday:

Susannah Heschel, the chair of Dartmouth’s Jewish studies program, told The Algemeiner on Monday, “Most of my faculty colleagues at Dartmouth are very saddened by the news [of Duthu’s resignation].”

“I was very disappointed that so many people attacked Bruce rather than talking to him,” Heschel said, adding that she maintained anti-Zionists should be educated, not berated.

“I imagine the attacks against Bruce must have been very disheartening to him, and to the extent that those attacks came from the Jewish community and the Zionist community, I regret it very much and feel it was an error,” she said.

I tried, Susannah, I tried. In 2013 and 2017:

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Duthu Email 2017.jpg

Never got an answer.

Addendum: A reader comments on Bruce Duthu’s BDS posture:

In a perfect world, a Dean of Faculty will be an exemplar of intellectual rigor and moral courage. He or she must be able to articulate what distinguishes legitimately-held, well-argued differences of opinion from dogmatic, lockstep, “cause du jour” reactions.

As has already been noted, Duthu stated what is apparently his current position on BDS but he has not retracted his signature from the 2013 document supporting the BDS movement which currently targets only Israel. So it’s impossible to understand exactly what he means by saying he fully supports the College’s position of not supporting academic boycotts.

So — is he lacking in intellectual rigor or moral courage; is he merely expedient; or is he a garden-variety hypocrite?

But he’s further said that individuals have the right to take their own stances on such contentious positions.

OK. As an individual, does Duthu support extending the BDS boycott to China? If not, why? If yes, when will he call for that and encourage his colleagues in NAISA to join him?

It seems to me — as I hope it would to any thoughtful person — that a candidate for Dean of Faculty should be able to clearly articulate the arguments necessary to answer those questions.


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