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Karega Fired After Split Faculty Recommendations

Oliver Bok, News Editor
November 18, 2016
Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS, Recent Stories

The Board of Trustees fired former Rhetoric and Composition Professor Joy Karega Tuesday after nine months of bitter argument and national media attention. Karega’s Facebook posts, which were the crux of the conflict, included claims that Israeli and U.S. intelligence agencies fund the Islamic State...

Cohesion Critical for Oberlin Community

Officers of the Oberlin Alumni Association
November 18, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: This has been a difficult week on the Oberlin campus and for the alumni community, specifically because of the election results and the process itself, the student arrests arising from an incident at Gibson’s and now the dismissal of Dr. Joy Karega. As the Executive Committee of t...

College Must Protect Academic Freedom

Anh Lê, Parent of an Oberlin alumnus
November 4, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS, Uncategorized

To the Editors: I recently learned of Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Joy Karega being put on leave of absence. Oberlin is renowned for its tradition of intellectual inquiry, free thought, rigorous debate and exchange of ideas. I call on Oberlin College to protect the College’s adh...

Alumni Influenced Governance Process, Karega Says

Eliza Guinn, Staff Writer
September 30, 2016
Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

Breaking nearly two months of silence, Professor of Composition and Rhetoric Joy Karega returned to campus for a student-organized meeting in Afrikan Heritage House Wednesday night. Karega told those in attendance she was planning to teach this semester before the Oberlin Chapter of Alums for Campus...

Oberlin ACF Addresses Student Senate Letter

Melissa Landa
September 21, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Student Senate, in consultation with current and former members of ABUSUA, Oberlin J Street U and Students for a Free Palestine, released a letter yesterday morning condemning the actions of the Oberlin Chapter of Alums for Campus Fairness. Oberlin ACF President Melissa Landa issued a response to the...

Student Senate Condemns OCACF Actions

September 20, 2016
Filed under Student Senate

The original version of this letter listed Oberlin J Street U as a consultant. Since the letter's publication, members of Oberlin J Street U have requested that the organization's name be removed. For more information, read our full coverage of Student Senate's letter, ACF's symposium and students' responses. I...

Karega Governance Process Enters Seventh Month

Oliver Bok, News Editor
September 2, 2016
Filed under Campus News, NEWS

As Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Joy Karega’s governance process enters its seventh month, many members of the Oberlin community are asking: What’s taking so long? The disciplinary process began all the way back in March when the Board of Trustees requested that the College begin an official...

College Should Remember Commitment to Intellectual Freedom

Anh Lê, Parent
May 6, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

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...

Scholarship Missing from Karega’s Theories

Wendy Beth Hyman, Associate Professor of English
April 29, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When I first was made aware of Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Joy Karega’s postings on social media by a colleague, I was disgusted by her claims that Israel and “Zionist Jews” were somehow behind ISIS, Charlie Hebdo, the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 and even 9/11. Even ...

Resolution in Karega Case Requires Constructive Dialogue

Josh Goodman, College junior
April 29, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

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...

Campus Dangerously Divided Over Discussion of Anti-Semitism

Jade Schiff, Assistant Professor of Politics
April 29, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I am outraged and devastated by what my colleague, Associate Professor of Africana Studies Meredith Gadsby, wrote in her April 23 letter to the Review “Black Professors Pressured into Solidarity.” These are difficult times on campus. We feel ourselves painfully divided, and it is not clear how we ...

Knee-Jerk Reactions Imperil Good Politics

Marc Blecher, Professor of Politics and East Asian Studies
April 29, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

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...

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