some of us are brave
Per a notice from Facebook please note the following is happening Monday, Sept 17th at Noon in the Quad at Emory University:
|Dear all: there will be a meeting on the quad at noon on Monday to mobilize and to discuss the Emory Graduate School’s recent cuts. Please disseminate widely, so that faculty and students in all departments across the university know about this event.|
PostsFor those of you aware of this, please distribute this notice. Aside from the obtuse and rather arrogant rhetoric of the letter that we all received, I believe that it is important to find out the reasoning behind these decisions, and to be informed of the criteria used to judge Emory’s ‘academic eminence.’ These recent decisions have implications for all of us. In fact, today I heard librarians, my colleagues, discuss the fate of Comp Lit and French and do so without even coming to my desk as I am the Librarian for those departments. And to hear them talk about why it might be a good thing that departments get axed for not graduating PhD students in 5 years…today’s decision changes the way that people perceive graduate education and what it means to be a PhD student and to earn a PhD in the humanities. My heart-felt thoughts to all those doing scholarly work in the ILA, Spanish, Visual Studies, Economics, Journalism, and education, the latter which is an irony we should not forget.