Nearly all of today’s speakers stressed that our lobbying is not a departmental issue or even, ultimately, an Emory issue.
Chants were chanted.
A member of the Division of Educational Studies remarked that the last time she checked, the DES was eminent. It would be nearly impossible to write a scholarly article on the history of African-American education or education measurement without citing some of Emory’s faculty. If there was any decline, it was because the Division was constantly being pressed to do more with less. She emphasized the DES’s historic and current position as a haven for black scholars, and its initiatives with prisoners and other extremely under-served populations in the South.
As Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies PhD students Mairead and Noemi pointed out, Emory publicly congratulates itself on attracting a growing number of Latino/a students–but to what end, if language and ethnic studies programs are in a shambles?
Joey of the ILA remarked that the night before, the editor-in-chief of Art in America delivered a plenary lecture against the backdrop of an obliterated Visual Arts department and a mutilated ILA.
John Demar encouraged us to spread the story as widely as possible–to the national press, to celebrities, and especially to alumni. In that spirit, there’s a new initiative: Make a short video of yourself explaining how Emory’s programs and/or the liberal arts in general mean to you. Post it on YouTube with the tag #MyEmoryCutsStory.
Finally, Emiko Soltis of the ILA and Students and Workers in Solidarity brought some optimism to a sweaty, tired crowd by performing a Chilean protest song and some Emory-specific Pete Seeger.