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

Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan Palaniappa at aol.com
Wed Oct 5 16:02:34 UTC 2016

The case of Blake Wentworth might have played a part in the following story regarding another South Asia specialist.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-uc-berkeley-chancellor-resign-20160816-snap-story.html <http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-uc-berkeley-chancellor-resign-20160816-snap-story.html>


> On Sep 29, 2016, at 10:52 AM, 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 <https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/10/uc-berkeley-students-professor-sexual-harassment-complaint> and here <https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/27/uc-berkeley-sexual-harassment-scandal-blake-wentworth>) after being frustrated with delays in firing Wentworth.
> Now Wentworth is trying to silence the women he harassed with a defamation lawsuit (here <https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/29/uc-berkeley-sexual-harassment-blake-wentworth-sues-victims>).
> 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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