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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:
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.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
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…
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