[INDOLOGY] Indologist at Center of Sexual Harassment Mess at Berkeley

James Stewart james.stewart at lankamail.com
Wed Oct 5 19:03:49 EDT 2016


Dear Audrey 

First, thank you for raising this matter. I agree that it is vital that there is increased awareness around sexual harassment which is rampant in academia.

Second, it is a trope of sexual harassment claims that they are casually dismissed as mere gossip, even when there is strong evidence to the contrary. Pity this has occurred on this list too. 

Regards 
James

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> On 6 Oct 2016, at 5:56 AM, Antonia Ruppel <rhododaktylos at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Dear Audrey,
> 
> Many thanks for the links and the excellent overview. You're absolutely right that we need to be aware of what is going on. Whenever something like this comes to light about someone who is a colleague or perhaps even a friend, it is shocking and uncomfortable. Still, the more information we have, the better we are able to find the right side to be on here. (And yes, I think that unfortunately there are sides here, and many of us close enough to the situation need to choose one.)
> 
> All best,
>      Antonia
> 
>> On 29 September 2016 at 16:52, Audrey Truschke <audrey.truschke at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear Colleagues,
>> 
>> List members may be interested in an ongoing sexual harassment scandal at UC Berkeley involving an Indologist, Blake Wentworth.
>> 
>> Wentworth, who works on classical Tamil literature, was found guilty of sexual harassment and misconduct last year by the university, and three of his victims came forward with details of the case (here and here) after being frustrated with delays in firing Wentworth.
>> 
>> Now Wentworth is trying to silence the women he harassed with a defamation lawsuit (here).
>> 
>> As many of you know, sexual harassment is an ongoing issue in many disciplines, and our corner of the academy, it seems, is no exception.
>> 
>> Audrey Truschke
>> Assistant Professor
>> Department of History
>> Rutgers University-Newark
>> 
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