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

Antonia Ruppel rhododaktylos at gmail.com
Wed Oct 5 18:56:41 UTC 2016

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,

On 29 September 2016 at 16:52, Audrey Truschke <audrey.truschke at gmail.com>

> 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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Antonia Ruppel
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