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Letter: How will Duke address sexual harassment?

(04/12/19 6:41pm)

We were delighted to see your April 11 article, “Duke joins higher education partnership to combat sexual harassment.” We find it ironic, however, that this appeared two days after The Chronicle published, "Nearly a decade apart, two women say professor sexually harassed them,” which outlined many of the shortcomings of how Duke has treated, and still treats, claims of sexual and other harassment. We are distressed that President Price has not yet answered letters of concern about these issues, including the public letter sent to him by Professor Jill Hicks-Keeton, the open letter of support for Professor Hicks-Keeton by her classmates who witnessed her abuse, or the public statements by Ms. Lara Haft concerning the inadequacy of institutional response to her experiences. We are gratified that Duke has joined this important initiative to combat sexual harassment, and look forward to participating actively in the practical steps that Duke will undertake to implement a true “atmosphere of inclusion.” Most importantly, we remain anxious to learn more about the concrete steps that will be taken to address issues in our Department and throughout the University, so that we might view joining this “higher education partnership” as more than window-dressing.


Jewish Studies faculty protest "Israel Shabbat: Bedouin Style"

(11/14/14 11:57am)

We, members of the Jewish Studies faculty at Duke, are writing because we are deeply troubled by news of an upcoming Shabbat event at the Freeman Center that was advertised as "Israel Shabbat:Bedouin Style." Needless to say, this is a very tense time in Israel and Palestine. After the bloody events of the summer, and now the recent political escalation, tensions are particularly high. It is imperative, at this tense moment, that Jews and Muslims on this campus be thoughtful about others. As you may know, there is a long history of Israeli appropriation of Palestinian, Arab, and/or Bedouin culture. These acts, while perhaps seen as "merely cultural," have the power to greatly offend. The event is particularly troubling at the present moment under an Israeli administration that is widely regarded as promoting harsh policies towards the Bedouin population of Israel. As members of the Duke community, we urge you to cancel this event.