More insights from the Wheel

In the jargon of the Occupy Wall Street movement, College undergraduate Egan Short writes, “In closing or downsizing the journalism major, visual arts department, and the ILA, the Emory administration has preemptively attacked potential zones of dissent on campus.”

Fiza Pirani of the journalism program reminds us that Emory was recently named the #1 American college for writers by USA Today. (Eminent enough for you?)

WGSS graduate student Mairead Sullivan, who has previously described the implicit racism behind the cuts at our rallies, brings the statistics to a wider audience: “According to Emory’s 2009 Diversity profile report [pdf], only 7 departments reported over 25% faculty of color. Of these 7 departments, 4 are up for cuts.” Moreover, since most of them are recent hires, up to 75% of the professors and lecturers of color in Educational Studies, Physical Education, Russian and East Asian Languages, and Spanish and Portuguese are liable to lose their jobs.

Finally, College junior Rhett Henry considers the #EmoryCuts student movement itself:

“I was worried that there would not be much of a response from the student body. I’m glad to have been proven wrong. What now troubles me is the nature of the reaction. It is a blend of evocative populism and calls for greater transparency in administrative decision-making. On these points I agree. What concerns me is that, in reaching for a solution to the long-term issue of student-administration communication, the immediate problems facing the student body over the next few years have fallen to the wayside.

I want to help groups like #EmoryCuts to talk about the issues in a way that goes for the gut, as it were.

I’m not entirely sure immediate, practical battles can be disentangled from ongoing questions about the culture at Emory and in the higher education world at large. In fact, being able to reach beyond one’s own moment is one of the things the liberal arts prides itself on, and, yes, one of the reasons it gets called impractical. Nonetheless, it’s worth asking ourselves: What practical, immediate strategies have already been taken? What else could we or others be doing?

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2 thoughts on “More insights from the Wheel

  1. #EmoryCuts says:

    Sheet Signs in Asbury circle

    Lawn signs on the quad (with those metal things that hold them up)

    Flyering the info flyer to undergrads before large lecture classes for efficient distribution

  2. Concerned for Emory says:

    Nancy Siederman of Emory PR showed on the boards for the Wheel article on race, tried some spin, and promptly got schooled. The thread is revealing in a lot of ways. Check it out:

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