Dartmouth College has canceled classes tomorrow in order to offer what administrators in an email called “alternative programming designed to bring students, faculty, and staff together to discuss Dartmouth’s commitment to fostering debate that promotes respect for individuals, civil and engaged discourse, and the value of diverse opinions.”
hurricane sandy was around the corner and dartmouth didn't cancel classes this protest is wild
— Joel (@joekool901) April 23, 2013
Dartmouth classes cancelled tomorrow in response to threatening comments made at students who protested homophobia, sexual assault, racism.
— Sarah Brubeck (@sarbrube) April 24, 2013
It must be something big for Dartmouth to cancel classes, so what’s the occasion? That “massive outbreak of violent hate speech,” as author and assistant professor of English Jeff Sharlet put it, allegedly was directed toward members of a group called “Real Talk Dartmouth” who crashed a campus event last week to demand that the school address charges of sexual assault, racism, and homophobia on campus.
On its website, Real Talk described the protest as reaching out “to current and prospective students to engage in a dialogue about persistent, systematic, and structural issues of racism, sexism, rape culture, homophobia, classism, and ableism at Dartmouth.” The group posted video of the protest to YouTube, showing plenty of Occupy-style “human microphone” chants alleging that “Dartmouth has a problem.”
— Kathryn Joyce (@kathrynajoyce) April 22, 2013
If you need your faith in young Americans restored, by all means do not look at the #uglyivy timeline.
— Joan of Arcadia (@joanofdark) April 23, 2013
What's the antidote to massive outbreak of racist homophobic rape fantasy speech at Dartmouth? Sunlight. That means media.
— JeffSharlet (@JeffSharlet) April 23, 2013
Dartmouth Review executive editor Melanie Wilcox lends her perspective as a journalist and student.
— Melanie Wilcox (@melanie_wilcox) April 23, 2013