Breaking News (from 3 days ago): Noah Carl's fellowship has been terminated, after months of investigation. Compared to some ~ other ~ investigations which have taken place in Cambridge University, this one was pretty brief. A very interesting nugget of the conclusions reached by the investigation, is that while it found that Carl should not have a fellowship, it also found that there was nothing wrong with the process which led to him being given the fellowship.
Let's be clear: this would never have been investigated if it hadn't been for the students of colour who fought for their (and my own) safety by relentlessly protesting and pressuring the college in question. Three of these students (again, all people of colour) were threatened with disciplinary action for peacefully protesting. They were accused of being "intimidating and threatening" by their college. This was not investigated, and no apology has been offered to these students.
@garfiald just having a normal one as usual
The academic equivalent of calling the police for no good reason, I guess.
@garfiald jesus fucking christ
@garfiald hold up, didn't something like this happen at another prestigious uni a few years ago too? I can't remember which one but I'm sure someone racist got hired somewhere major and it led to similar threats made to students fighting it
@sophia @garfiald not sure if this is the thing you're thinking of but UCL hosted a eugenics/race science/white supremacist conference for several years before it got exposed by the student paper. the guy this thread is about was an attendee, unsurprisingly. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jan/10/ucl-to-investigate-secret-eugenics-conference-held-on-campus
@garfiald we had a registered sex offender working at my university as head of a department until last year when some students got a petition going to remove him. and i mean serious charges too, the girl was like 14. colleges are absolutely terrible about students’ safety.
The system will always fight to protect itself.
@garfiald uhhh wow fuck this, sorry garf
@garfiald I'm getting reminded of the whole Cecil Rhodes story at Oxford, and it's just as if there were people in positions of authority at these universities who would engage in active lobbying for supporting these ideas.
Also it's "funny" it's happening days after Cambridge announced their intentions to *research how much slavery benefited the university, and how long and to what extent academics there reinforced and propagated racist theories*.
Well here's a data point for "how long"...
@crowpersona Oh yeah, that investigation is its own bag of worms
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