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Psychology faculty, Open Door members denounce Wagner

Nine faculty members in the psychology department have published an open letter to the Board of Trustees in the Wheel. They write of the “shadow of racism” cast over Emory by Wagner’s statement and note that it has been “only the latest example in a series of his actions tarnishing Emory’s academic reputation and standing.” Then they exhort the Board to take action and to initiate a conversation with professors:

Public comment from the Board of Trustees is an essential first step towards undoing this damage. We also strongly encourage the Board of Trustees to reach out to Emory faculty to solicit their input concerning the implications of President Wagner’s leadership for the future of the university.

The Wheel has also received a copy of a March 7 letter sent to Ben Johnson, Chair of the Board of Trustees, on behalf of Open Door Community, a group home and outreach center in the Catholic Worker tradition “that has sought to dismantle racism, sexism and heterosexism for the past 31 years” and that has strong ties to Emory. The ODC’s representatives express their outrage over the “Three-Fifths” editorial, adding:

We would like to stress that this is not solely about President Wagner, but rather about an urgent need for intentional work on the part of Emory University toward the eradication of racism, in which all of us can play a role under your leadership as the chair of Emory’s Board of Trustees. We are also distressed about the recent department cuts at Emory, which disproportionately impact people of color. Whereas only 15 percent of the overall university faculty are of color, the affected departments contain anywhere from 20 to 48 percent faculty of color – and these decisions were made entirely by a group of eight white people.

These letters should be distributed as widely as possible before today’s faculty meeting (4:00 in White Hall), over which President Wagner will preside, and at which the resolution for a vote of no confidence will perhaps be raised.

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Open letter from the English Dept.

Twenty-four tenured and senior professors in the English department have released a letter condemning President Wagner’s racist editorial in the Emory Magazine. They condemn Wagner’s words as “indefensible” and call on the Board of Trustees to respond

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Also duly noted:

In the short term, we anticipate adverse consequences for the recruitment of faculty members and top-tier students. Serious academics will no doubt pause to question whether Emory is a suitable environment in which to pursue liberal arts training that promotes respect based on informed critical reasoning.
During this graduate admissions season, we have had to write to our admitted students to reassure them that President Wagner’s article in no way reflects our values, nor should it affect their training. Indeed, we have heard back from many of them that the article has been on their minds as they deliberate about whether to come to Emory rather than to accept other, highly competitive offers.

We thank you for your way with words and your integrity in exercising the “responsibilities” that come with tenure. We also express shame at the culture–one not unique to Emory–where junior faculty are led to believe speaking out may put their jobs on the line.

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Good morning, Board of Trustees

Emory’s Board of Trustees held its annual meeting this morning in the Azalea Room at the University Conference Center. Four well dressed SRC delegates managed to intercept the board members before their first session. Each Board member received a folder containing our letter to the Chairman of the Board, a fact sheet about the cuts, and less than glowing press clippings. The SRC also handed the package to President Wagner and VP Gary Hauk before departing with utmost civility.

Pat adds, “Our presence was utterly unexpected and definitely not appreciated by our glorious leaders, and will no doubt lead to some interesting moments in the Trustee meetings occurring today and tomorrow.”

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Notes from Negotiations with Wagner, Forman, and Hauk 12/7

Here is the full text of the notes taken by the SRC Team during their negotiations with President James Wagner, Dean Robin Forman, and VP Gary Hauk on December 7, 2012.

You can find a PDF of the document here.

Please share widely!

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Events in Economics

Dr. Shomu Banerjee, senior lecturer in economics and one of the first faculty members to speak to the media about the cuts, will be delivering a lecture on the topic next Monday:


The talk will be at 5:30 p.m. in room 334 of the Goizueta Business School. Further, he encourages all students and alumni to write to the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Ben Johnson, before the next meeting on November 9. (Keep that date open, by the way.) The address:

Mr. Ben F. Johnson III
Chair, Emory Board of Trustees
Emory University
Mailstop #1000/001/1AN
Atlanta, GA 30322
Fax: 404.727.7359

Dr. Banerjee has published an open letter on the “Save Econ, Save Emory” Facebook page, which you can read here after the break:

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Board of Trustees

Is this ever bureaucratic. A Naming and Inscriptions Subcommittee, really? Anyway, some of you may be interested in this list of current board members, including some major donors and faculty counselors.

http://www.emory.edu/secretary/documents/2012%20Committee%20Assignments%20%20Updated%208.15.12.pdf

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