Teaching Load for IKJ, JKF, and KK at Gallaudet for this Spring 2008
ENG 442 Major Author, Lucille Clifton
2 sections of Deaf Studies 101 classes and possible grad. course
PSY 495 (special topic)
PSY 795 (special topic)
Fall 2007 – assistant instructor for scuba evening class
NOTE: while kimmel and jordan have degrees in the areas they will be teaching – Fernandes degrees are in Comparative Literature
Knowledge is Power
Again, i do not support aggression or upheaval* – any discontent with these instructors teaching their assigned subject matter at Gallaudet should be voiced via peaceful methods – petitions, “sit-ins,” etc
I am comfortable with them teaching this spring – if they can respond to the community on their present position re: their role in representing Deaf culture, ASL, and student rights to the public via the media, conference presentations, and or lawsuits.
If they have changed their anti-ASL and anti-Deaf culture positions (as of two weeks ago for JKF re: comments in Chronicles of Higher education), I would gladly like to know of this and I would happily accept their word.
I invite Dr. Jordan, Dr. Fernandes, and Dr. Kimmel to post a written statement with a short vlog (to verify they do endorse the statement and it is not some rouge document).
for all of us – i want to caution us against extremism.
On one extreme – we have folks preaching passivity and apathy – “do nothing, leave it alone, I dont have enough information, and the all time favorite, I’m NEUTRAL)
on the other extreme – we have folks preaching aggression and hostility towards these professors. *(i got an email after this post went up objecting to my portraying the protestors as being aggressive and causing disorder etc – i want to apologize for any wrong impression this original posting may have caused. When i caution us against aggression and hostility and disorder – i am not speaking of the protestors actions – i am referring to some comments posted in various blogs that i have seen over the past year – perhaps i should just ignore such postings but i think it is very important for us to think carefully on how we represent ourselves and our goals. I have seen character assassinations, I have seen calls for banning books, I have seen name calling, I have seen comment advocating for people to throw tomatoes, destroy property etc. Im just not cool with that even if its just a careless and uncaring anonymous blogger or respondent – it is printed and in the public view and seeps into our collective consciousness. an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind
i commend the protestors – i honor the protestors – i hope i have made that clear in my past and current writings. When i was at gally after black friday and the protestors lined up to greet faculty and staff driving in from the 6th street entrance – encouraging them to vote no confidence – the car Jane Fernandes’ was in was surrounded by protestors – taking pictures some chanting at her “you are not the one” many simply signing “resign, resign, resign” it was a very confrontational moment. It was the STUDENT protestors who motioned for all the protestors to move back and let the car proceed. I was very impressed with that and many many many other tense situations in which the student protestors took the high ground
now back to the extremes of “DO NOTHING” AND “BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY”
let us join these extremes together to come to the middle – we do not ask for anything but the truth and the best. If they are to remain teaching at Gallaudet – may they be assigned to the best suited courses for them that reflects an academically sound understanding of the field in which they are teaching.
If they have been misquoted or misunderstood, or have come to a new understanding of their role in harming the Deaf community and ASL, let them please share that with us.
If they choose to do nothing and keep the course that is presently plotted out – so be it. We can continue to record our discontent peacefully and positively. their choice of action is not as important as our own. we are only responsible for ourselves. if we choose to do nothing – we are part of the problem. if we choose to do harm – we are part of the problem.
Let us move forward positively and lovingly. “there is no way to peace, peace is the way” M. Gandhi