Thursday, December 11, 2014

Teresa A. Sullivan Does Not Want to Focus on Punishing False Accusers?

In an interview Tuesday, U-Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan said her administration will continue to cooperate with authorities to investigate the case; she wants the university community to focus on prevention of sexual assault.

Means something to me--flag I had on the last time I kissed any part of Mae West's living body

What will happen to it when my treasures are junked?

Teresa Sullivan (the "Systemic Problem") still should resign.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Teresa Sullivan: A "Systemic Problem" that Should be Rooted Out

The only honorable thing for Teresa Sullivan to do is to resign.
 
Here it is the 11th and she has still not resigned and every time she tries to imitate Richard Brodhead's non-apology apology she digs herself in deeper.
 
A Systemic Problem!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Teresa Sullivan should have resigned long ago.

Bill Anderson on Teresa Sullivan:

It does not surprise me to see people at UVA swallowing a nonsensical story, given that UVA is an “elite” institution and it has been the “elites” that have most enthusiastically embraced the Alice-in-Wonderland thinking. Lest anyone think that sanity reigns in the administrative offices at UVA, the statement made by UVA President Teresa Sullivan after Rolling Stone retracted its story throws cold water on that notion:
Over the past two weeks, our community has been more focused than ever on one of the most difficult and critical issues facing higher education today: sexual violence on college campuses. Today’s news must not alter this focus.
We will continue to take a hard look at our practices, policies and procedures, and continue to dedicate ourselves to becoming a model institution in our educational programming, in the character of our student culture, and in our care for those who are victims.
A translation of Sullivan’s statement should be: “After our cathartic outburst at receiving the original story, we are disappointed that the story turned out to be yet another campus hoax, especially since we wanted every word to be true. However, even though it was a hoax, we will go on as though it were not so that we can continue to act like whiny adolescents who are incapable of discerning a lie from the truth. We must let nothing stand in the way of our self-righteous behavior.”

What responsible parents of a male child should do--home school him through college

Thinking of the ROLLING STONE article and all the cases of young men being denied the right to confront their accusers. . .

Surely there is a way of keeping him out of harm's way until he is 22 or so.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Hershel Parker's Interview in THE BIOGRAPHER'S CRAFT (December 2014)






Parker was a 1997 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Herman Melville: A Biography, 1819-1851, the first of a two-volume work on the author.
Member Interview
Six Questions with Hershel Parker
What’s your current project and what stage is it at?
On the beach I brood daily about a short biography of Herman Melville told as a story into a speech recognition program. Meanwhile, I’ve devoted massive research to a sort of family biography in relation to episodes of American history, Ornery People:
Who Were the Depression Okies?
Which person would you like most to write about?
Melville, although I can hardly hope to discover many documents as dazzling as those I used to telephone Hayford, Sealts, and Sendak about. And now, after Bezanson, the grand old Melvilleans are all gone!
What’s your favorite biography?
James Boswell’s Life of Johnson. In the translation Melville used, Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects. My aesthetic: More is more.
One research/marketing/attitudinal tip that failed?
Maurice Sendak’s new cover pictures would boost sales, we thought. No, the pictures were ignored, even the astonishing one for the second volume, Melville behind vines.
What was your most frustrating time as a biographer?
I had to break my contract with Norton after my first volume was finished. Whole days passed before Bill Regier drove up from Johns Hopkins with cash to repay Norton’s advances and leave change left over for picture permissions. Whew!
Most satisfying?
Early in 2013 in TBC Carl Rollyson said that in Melville Biography: An Inside Narrative I was concerned “with much more than Melville.” I was “really writing a fascinating study of biography as a genre.” The 2014 Year’s Work in English Studies says that Melville Biography “is a book about biography as a genre. Whilst it is not a manual for the budding biographer, this collection of insights, which explores the difficulties of taking on such an enormous, theoretically fraught task, will serve as a useful case study to anyone wishing to engage themselves as a chronicler of literary lives.” My extensive endnotes, I said, “discuss problems in Melville biography that other biographers and theorists have confronted in their work,” so that “a reader can think critically about issues while being lured on to thoughtful works by writers such as Paula R. Backscheider, Robert D. Hume, Paul Murray Kendall, Ray Monk, Stephen B. Oates, and Barbara W. Tuchman, as well as being lured back into further reflection on my own expositions on Melville biography and historiography.” Too few biographers, I said, “have had their dicta applied, tested, and sometimes challenged by later biographers,” but Melville Biography “puts forward ideas of many biographers and theorists of biography and all sorts of life-writing in order to test them against what I have learned in working on Melville and writing my biography as well as what I have learned about autobiography and biography in writing this book.” Writing the biography was satisfying, but it is also immensely satisfying to contribute, as Year’s Work said, “to the relatively new field of biography studies.” We are in this together.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The critical issue of false accusations--Glad the Pres of UVA is addressing it!

“Over the past two weeks, our community has been more focused than ever on one of the most difficult and critical issues facing higher education today,” [Teresa] Sullivan said today in a statement. “Today’s news must not alter this focus” and students well-being remains “our top priority,” she said.