September 19, 2015
In Blog News
The University of Pittsburgh administration now claims it was the sponsoring student organization that cancelled my speaking appearance. Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner told me that the University would “never” interfere in a student choice of speakers. I have copied below my last email correspondence with the University of Pittsburgh faculty liaison for the event (he is a distinguished scholar in Middle East studies) before a gag order was imposed on him.
If academic cowardice and prevarication trouble you, you should let your voice be heard:
Call Provost Kenyon R. Bonner: 412-648-1006.
Write Provost Kenyon R. Bonner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Dean John T.S. Keeler: 412-648-7605.
Write Dean Keeler: Keeler@pitt.edu
Call Associate Dean Paul Nelson: 412-648-7645
Write Associate Dean Nelson: email@example.com
I apologize for my delay in getting back to you.
Regrettably it seems that the department’s / university’s decision in this matter is final. Furthermore it is one over which I – as an Adjunct Professor – have absolutely no influence.
Your course of action at this point, of course, your own prerogative.
I sincerely apologize.
You are right to pursue the matter with university administration as you have done. I am afraid I cannot comment any further on this issue. You have my sincere apologies.