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College Should Remember Commitment to Intellectual Freedom

Anh Lê, Parent
May 6, 2016
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To the Editors: This has been an intense school year at Oberlin College. Such is not a surprise. Oberlin is renowned and highly respected for its tradition and legacy of encouraging intellectual inquiry, free thought, rigorous debate and exchange of ideas. I wish to offer my perspective regarding the... Read more »

Resolution in Karega Case Requires Constructive Dialogue

Josh Goodman, College junior
April 29, 2016
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To the Editors: Since the revelation of unsettling Facebook posts by Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Joy Karega in February, there have seemingly been two non-overlapping dialogues going on on campus which exist in a void rather than in conversation with each other. I think that bo... Read more »

Graduates of Oberlin Must Continue Justice Work

Anh Lê, Parent
April 29, 2016
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To the Editors: My son, College senior Minh-Jeffrey Lê, will be graduating with a degree in Economics from Oberlin College in May. My family and I applaud and congratulate Minh-Jeffrey and all of the graduating seniors. We also send our warmest and best wishes to all Oberlin College students a... Read more »

Anti-Semitism Debates Distract Campus from Larger Problems

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies
April 29, 2016
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To the Editors: Donald Trump once triumphantly shouted that nuclear destruction is the world’s greatest threat, not Obama’s ecological challenges. Both are right, especially if we add wars, diseases, etc. to the list of humankind’s enemies crying out to be in our crosshairs for solutions. President Kr... Read more »

Knee-Jerk Reactions Imperil Good Politics

Marc Blecher, Professor of Politics and East Asian Studies
April 29, 2016
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To the Editors: Identity politics are crucial, but they are not one size that fits all. Our current crisis shows us the dangers of kneejerk identity politics. The criticism of Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Joy Karega’s Facebook posts has nothing to do with her race, gender o... Read more »

Black Professors Pressured into Solidarity

Meredith M. Gadsby, Associate Professor of Africana Studies
April 23, 2016
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To the Editor: On April 10, my colleague Marc Blecher sent an email addressed to me and carbon copied to a select group of tenured Africana-identified faculty, along with Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Joy Karega. The note reads as follows: “Hi, Meredith. I see you’re ‘Still... Read more »

College Fails to Address Antisemitism on Campus

Sidney Rosenfeld, Professor Emeritus of German
April 23, 2016
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Editor’s Note: Professor Rosenfeld prefers using “antisemitism” instead of “anti-Semitism,” the latter of which he considers a misnomer. To the Editors: Twenty years ago, in March 1996, invited to campus by Third World House, Kwame Ture ([previously known as] Black Panther leader Stokel... Read more »

College Must Examine Karega Case without Bias

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies
April 23, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: Oberlin College faculty members meet this Monday to address the issues of anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry on campus. At least to some extent, Professor Joy Karega’s posts on the internet that have been deemed anti-Semitic, not just anti-Zionist, with calls coming from many quart... Read more »

In Wake of Anti-Semitism Debate, Oberlin Must Remain Inclusive

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies
April 15, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Oberlin College is the institution that pioneered education for women and blacks in the 19th century and deserves to be forever renowned for those early footprints of justice. But it is a college today that seeks to deepen and broaden those footprints by its feats of translating int... Read more »

Alumni Encourage Student Voices, Leadership

Lorri Olán, Oberlin College Alumni Association President
April 15, 2016
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To the Editors: As a first year student, I am sure I never considered what it would be like to be an alumnus of Oberlin College. I am equally certain I did not notice alumni who visited campus throughout the year, let alone make it a point to engage in conversations with them to hear their stories,... Read more »

College Must Openly Condemn Bigotry, Anti-Semitism

Jade Schiff, Assistant Professor of Politics
April 15, 2016
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To the Editor: In the wake of revelations about anti-Semitic Facebook posts by Professor Joy Karega, our College community finds itself once more on a precarious edge. Sometimes it seems like we live here full-time. This is not itself a bad thing, though it is difficult. Precariousness can be a si... Read more »

Faculty Letter Leads to Substantive Administrative Response

Marc Blecher, Professor of Politics
April 15, 2016
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To the Editor: Thanks to my colleagues [Professors Kozol, Lee, Pérez and Romano] for writing [the above letter to the editor, “Professors Urge Campus to Engage in Inclusive Discussion”]. I’m sure I join those who did sign the statement in saying that we too fully respect the decision of [tho... Read more »

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