Full text of faculty open letter

The following is the text from the open letter sent to President Glassner from the undersigned faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences regarding the incident last fall in Holmes Hall described as “racist chanting.”

We the undersigned wish to register our concern about the incident last fall in Holmes Hall, described as “racist chanting.”  We recognize both the seriousness of the allegations and the potentially chilling effects of the incident itself on a predominantly white campus.  In recent weeks, however, media outlets beyond Lewis & Clark have picked up the story, highlighting the College’s questionable treatment of free speech and of our students’ right to due process.

Since the incident was initially brought to the faculty’s attention in the fall of 2013, several faculty have asked for more information about what happened and about the disciplinary actions that resulted.  Thus far, these questions have been met with silence.  We believe the Lewis & Clark community needs to be fully informed, and so we respectfully request that our president and other administrators break their silence and help the community understand what happened and what policies are in place that informed our College’s response.

40 signatories listed in alphabetical order according to their first names:

Andrea Hibbard, English

Barb Balko, Chemistry

Bruce Podobnik, Sociology/Anthropology

Cara Tomlinson, Art

David Campion, History

Elliott Young, History

Freddy Vilches, Foreign Languages

Isabelle DeMarte, Foreign Languages

James Duncan, Chemistry

James Proctor, Environmental Studies

Jerry Harp, English

Juan Carlos Toledano Redondo, Foreign Languages

Julio de Paula, Chemistry

Karen Gross, English

Katja Alpeter-Jones, Foreign Languages

Kurt Fosso, English

Loretta Johnson, Core

Lyell Asher, English

Margot Black, Mathematics

Mary Szybist, English

Matthieu Raillard, Foreign Languages

Michael Broide, Physics

Michael Johanson, Music

Michael Olich, Theatre

Mindy Johnston, Music

Mo Healy, History

Niko Loening, Chemistry

Peter Christenson, Rhetoric and Media Studies

Reiko Hillyer, History

Rishona Zimring, English

Stepan Simek, Theatre

Stephen Tufte, Physics

Stephen Weeks, Theatre

Stuart Kaplan, Rhetoric and Media Studies (Emeritus)

Susan Glosser, History

Suzanne Groth, Academic English Studies

Therese Augst, Foreign Languages

Todd Lochner, Political Science

Will Pritchard, English

Yung-Pin Chen, Mathematics

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