What Disney teaches girls

Too harsh? What do you think?

BREAKING: House votes to repeal DADT

C’mo-o-o-n, Senate!

WI Arts Board stalls grant for MU museum, citing discrimination concerns

Via the JSOnline:

Citing “serious questions” about alleged discriminatory hiring practices at Marquette University, the Wisconsin Arts Board announced Wednesday that it has deferred action on a grant request by the school’s art museum. The Arts Board action appears to be the first known public effort to impose an economic penalty on Marquette for its decision to rescind its offer of a deanship to Jodi O’Brien, a lesbian scholar at Seattle University.

In a letter written Wednesday to Wally Mason, the director of the Haggerty Museum of Art, Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, who is chair of the Arts Board, said the board voted unanimously earlier this month to defer a decision until Sept.11. Lawton’s letter did not specifically mention O’Brien by name, but a spokesman for Lawton’s office confirmed that Lawton was referring to O’Brien.

Marquette announced on May 6 that it was rescinding its offer of the position of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to O’Brien, citing concerns relating to Marquette’s “Catholic mission and identity” and the university’s incompatibility with some of her writings. Marquette said the decision to rescind the offer had nothing to do with O’Brien’s sexual orientation. In a statement issued a few hours after the letter was released, Marquette said it looked forward to a “continuing conversation” with the Arts Board.

“At the same time, the university emphatically denies any allegations of ‘discriminatory hiring practices’ and regrets the unfortunate way in which the deferred action was announced,” the statement says. Lawton wrote that her board had serious questions suggesting discriminatory hiring practices at Marquette that remain unresolved.

“Board members asked for more time to investigate and ensure that any grant approved was consistent with our mission as the state agency which ‘nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage.’ Our clearly stated values include ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘respect and appreciation for all cultures and people,’ ” Lawton’s letter said.

The museum had received a total of $13,585 in fiscal year 2010. The amount for fiscal year 2011, which begins July 1, will not be determined until the September meeting, a Lawton spokesman said.

It’s sad that the Haggerty has to suffer for Wild’s decision. They’re good people there. Those of you still in Milwaukee, try to make time this weekend to stop by, and slip something into the donation box.

I reviewed the museum’s two ongoing exhibits here and here.

Obama admin. brief backs Vatican immunity for child abuse cases

Via Raw Story:

The Supreme Court is considering an appeal by the Vatican of an appellate court ruling that lifted its immunity in the case of an alleged pedophile priest from Oregon. In a filing on Friday, the solicitor general’s office argued that the Ninth Circuit court of appeals erred in allowing the lawsuit brought by a man who claims he was sexually abused in the 1960s by the Oregon priest. The unnamed plaintiff, who cited the Holy See and several other parties as defendants, argued the Vatican should be held responsible for transferring the priest to Oregon and letting him serve there despite previous accusations he had abused children in Chicago and in Ireland.

Another O’Brien-antidiscrimination petition

As of my signing c. 1:35 PM EST, it’s only 26 signatures away from its self-appointed goal of 200; let’s push it past that. Go.

MU, SU faculties take out full-page ad in JS condemning O’Brien rescinding

Coverage in JSOnline here. Via the Facebook of philosophy professor Nancy Snow, the text of the ad:

Statement from Concerned Faculty Members of Marquette University
Regarding the Rescinded Offer of Deanship to Dr. Jodi O’Brien (joined by concerned colleagues from Seattle University):

- We condemn the decision to rescind the offer made to Dr. Jodi O’Brien to serve as Dean of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

- We condemn the involvement of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and other outside influences in this decision. The academic autonomy and integrity of Marquette University was compromised in this decision-making process.

- We believe this action has caused significant harm to the reputation of Marquette University. It threatens our credibility and integrity as a university. It has caused suffering among students, alumni, staff, and faculty, and it will cost Marquette considerably in terms of community relationships, research, and recruiting and retaining students and faculty.

- We reject the public rationale offered for this action: examples of Dr. O’Brien’s scholarship disqualify her from being able to represent Marquette University in its Catholic mission and identity. We reject the idea that scholarship published in peer-reviewed journals or presented at universities or academic conferences can disqualify a faculty member from leadership at a Jesuit University.

- We strongly believe the decision puts academic freedom at risk at Marquette University. We reject an intellectual “litmus test” for our faculty, staff, and leaders in the administration. Indeed we find the very idea of such a “litmus test” to be contrary to the tradition of excellence, faith, service, and leadership advanced by American Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

- We believe that the rejection of Dr. O’Brien because of her scholarship examining the social institution of marriage and the fluidity of gender roles and sexuality exposes a culture of unease and suppression at Marquette University, a culture which frowns upon the frank intellectual discussion of human – and especially female – sexuality. This is particularly chilling and ironic as we celebrate the Centennial of Women at Marquette.

- We believe that this course of events undermines Marquette University’s faith commitment to both foster diversity and honor the human dignity of every individual regardless of culture, faith, race, gender, and sexual orientation.

- We pledge to work to restore the integrity of our university.

- We pledge to defend academic freedom for all of our faculty, and the spirit of academic freedom for all students, staff, administrators, and leadership. We will reject vigilantly the imposition of “litmus tests.”

- We pledge to confront directly the chilly climate on campus for scholarship and discussion concerning issues of gender and sexuality. We demand that these issues be allowed the broadest horizons for inquiry and debate. We cannot allow the intellectual discussion and academic investigation of human sexuality to be constrained by overly narrow understandings of Jesuit mission and Catholic identity.

- We pledge to honor Marquette University’s Statement on Human Dignity and Diversity. We must not only talk the talk of nondiscrimination and inclusiveness; our rhetoric must be matched by courageous action.

- We pledge to help our students make sense of what has transpired here. We desire for them to inherit a tradition of Excellence, Faith, Leadership, and Service that is inclusive, fosters moral courage, and supports the free and open inquiry necessary to attain the highest standards of scholarship.

- We hope to engage in conversations with all levels of university administration to ensure more transparent process for hiring in the future and to develop a more open environment generally.

- We note with chagrin that while the administration encouraged the university community to discuss the name change of our basketball team for a full year, less than two weeks after this egregious action, which strikes at the heart of our functioning as a university, we were told it is time for “healing” and “moving on.” We will not be silent until the integrity of our university is restored.

- We believe that the appropriate response to the current situation is for the offer of the Deanship of the College of Arts and Sciences to be extended again immediately to Dr. O’Brien with an apology.

Marquette University
- Dr. Lea Acord, Professor , College of Nursing
- Monica Adya, Associate Professor, Department of Management – Eugenia Afinoguenova, Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Foreign
Languages and Literatures – Dr. Raquel Aguilu de Murphy, Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Foreign
Languages and Literatures
- Steven M. Avella, Department of History
- Dr. Connie L. Bauer, Associate Professor, Marketing Department
- Ruth Ann Belknap, RN, PhD, College of Nursing
- Amy L. Blair, Assistant Professor, Department of English – Edward Blumenthal, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences – Dr. M.C. Bodden, Associate Professor of English
- Louise Cainkar, Associate Professor, Social Welfare and Justice
- Curtis L. Carter
- Julia McCord Chavez, PhD, Visiting Assistant, Professor of English – Dr. Anne Clough, Professor, Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science – Colleen Coffey, Adjunct Instructor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures – Roberta L. Coles, Associate Professor of Sociology, Social and Cultural Sciences – Dr. Sarah Davies Cordova, Associate Professor of French, Department of Foreign Languages
and Literatures
- John B. Davis, Department of Economics
- Sally A. Doyle, Director of Academic Business Affairs, College of Business Administration – Dr. Ellen Eckman, Associate Professor, College of Education
- Daradirek “Gee” Ekachai, Ph.D., Department of Advertising and Public Relations, Diederich
College of Communication
- Stephen M. Engel, Assistant Professor of Political Science – Dr. Kim A. S. Factor, Associate Professor, Department of Math, Statistics, and Computer
Science – Dr. Robert H. Fitts, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
- A. Kristen Foster, Department of History
- Susanne Foster, Associate Professor of Philosophy
- Stephen L. Franzoi, Professor of Psychology
- Dr. Ana C. Garner, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism – Sarah Gendron, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures – Kevin Gibson, Associate Professor, Philosophy – Dr. Steven R. Goldzwig, Professor, Department of Communication Studies
- Dr. Amara Graf, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English – Jean M. Grow, Associate Professor, Diederich College of Communication
- Stephen J. Guastello, PhD, Professor of Psychology
- Dr. Douglas Harris, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science – Heather Hathaway, PhD, Associate Professor, English – Dr. Carla Hay, Associate Professor, Department of History – Dr. Todd Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures – Dr. Heather Hlavka, Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Sciences
- James A. Holstein, Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Sciences – Dr. Jody Jessup-Anger, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Policy and
Leadership – Richard S. Jones, Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Social and Cultural
Sciences – Andrew Kahrl, Assistant Professor, Department of History
- Dr. Kate M. Kaiser, Associate Professor, Information Technology
- Kathleen Karrer, Professor, Biological Sciences
- Dr. Astrida Kaugars, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
- Lezlie Knox, PhD, Associate Professor of Medieval History
- Debra Krajec, Artistic Associate Professor, Department of Performing Arts – Wendy Krueger, Clinical Instructor, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology – Mary Pat Kunert, RN PhD, Former Professor, College of Nursing – Gene R. Laczniak, Professor of Business, Department of Marketing – Francesca Lopez, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership
- Dr. Robert Lowe, Professor, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership
- Dr. Marta Magiera, Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
- Professor Daniel C. Maguire
- Cheryl Maranto, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Management – James Marten, Professor of History – Jessica Martin, Adjunct Instructor, Foreign Languages and Literatures
- Dr. Judith A. Mayotte, Former Professor and Women’s Chair in Humanistic Studies – Barrett L. McCormick, Professor of Political Science
- Timothy G. McMahon, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of History
- Jodi L. Melamed, Assistant Professor of English
- Gale Miller, Social and Cultural Sciences
- Dawne Moon, Assistant Professor, Social and Cultural Sciences
- Dr. Michael J. Monahan, Associate Professor of Philosophy
- Dr. Sameena Mulla, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Social and Cultural
Sciences
- Dr. Michelle Mynlieff, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
- Pamela Hill Nettleton, Assistant Professor, Diedrich College of Communication
- Dr. Kristy A. Nielson, Professor, Department of Psychology
- Dr. Rebecca S. Nowacek, Assistant Professor, Department of English – Joseph J. O’Malley, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy – Debra L. Oswald, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology – PE Papanek, Associate Professor, College of Health Sciences – Dr. Anne M. Pasero, Associate Professor of Spanish
- Anthony F. Peressini, Associate Professor of Philosophy
- Michael Politano, Associate Professor, Department of Physics
- Kris Ratcliffe, Professor, Department of English
- Dr. Kathleen Rehbein, Associate Professor of Management
- Dr. Scott Reid, Professor, Department of Chemistry
- Stephen M. Saunders, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology – Martin Scanlan, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership
- Heidi Schweizer, Associate Professor, College of Education
- Mary Anne Siderits, Assistant Professor of Psychology
- Dr. Christopher J. Simenz, Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
- Nancy E. Snow, Professor of Philosophy
- Dr. Angela Sorby, Associate Professor of English – James B. South, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
- Professor R. Clifton Spargo, Professor of English
- Dr. Elaine Spiller, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer
Science – Ed de St. Aubin, Associate Professor, Psychology – Dr. Martin St. Maurice, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences – Dr. Tina Stoeckmann, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy – Rosemary A. Stuart, PhD, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
- Dr. John J. Su, Associate Professor, Department of English – Dr. Siddhartha S. Syam, Associate Professor, Department of Management
- Dr. Andrew Tallon, Professor of Philosophy
- Dr. Theresa Tobin, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
- Franco V. Trivigno, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy – Lynn H. Turner, Professor, Communication Studies – David Wagner, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
- Dr. Michael Wert
- Dr. Darren Wheelock, Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Sciences
- Michael Wierzbicki, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology
- Kathleen Foley Winkler, Department of Social and Cultural Sciences
- Dr. Joyce Wolburg, Professor, Advertising and Public Relations – Dr. Amelia Zurcher, Associate Professor, Department of English, and Director, Women’s and
Gender Studies
- Name Withheld, Assistant Professor, Department Withheld
- Name Withheld, Assistant Professor, Department Withheld
- Name Withheld, Assistant Professor, Department Withheld
- Name Withheld, Professor, Department Withheld

Seattle University Faculty Signatures
for Joint Statement with Marquette Faculty

-Saheed Adejumobi, Associate Professor of Global African Studies and History
-Mara Adelman, Associate Professor of Communication
-Kenneth Allan, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
-Robert Andolina, Assistant Professor of International Studies
-Connie Anthony, Associate Professor of Political Science
-Gary Atkins, Professor of Communication
-Philip Barclift, Director of Liberal Studies
-Anupa Batra, Core Lecturer Philosophy
-John C. Bean,Professor of English
-Melinda J. Branscomb, Associate Professor of Law
-Mary Kay Brennan, Clinical Professor Social Work
-Cordula Brown, Adjunct Faculty Modern Languages
-Maria Bullon-Fernandez, Associate Professor of English
-Daniel Burnstein, Associate Professor of History
-Jason Capps, Lecturer Sociology
-Maria Carl, Associate Professor of Philosophy
-Gary Chamberlain, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Religious Studies
-Robert S. Chang, Professor of Law and Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality
-Carol Wolfe Clay, Professor of Fine Arts
-Mark Cohan, Assistant Professor of Sociology
-Kathleen Cook, Associate Professor of Psychology
-Sharon Cumberland, Associate Professor of English
-Robert J. Deltete, Professor of Philosophy
-Daniel A. Dombrowski, Professor of Philosophy
-Yancy Hughes Dominick, Core Lecturer Philosophy
-Theresa Earenfight, Associate Professor of History
-Rose Ernst, Assistant Professor of Political Science
-Mako Fitts, Assistant Professor of Sociology
-Ted Fortier, Associate Professor of Anthropology
-Claire Garoutte, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
-Carmen Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Law
-Ki Gottberg, Professor of Fine Arts
-Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Associate Professor of Modern Languages
-H. Hazel Hahn, Associate Professor of History
-Steen Halling, Professor of Psychology
-Julie Harms Cannon, Core Lecturer Sociology
-Burt C. Hopkins, Professor of Philosophy
-Randall Horton, Assistant Professor of Psychology
-Benjamin Howe, Core Lecturer Philosophy
-Naomi Hume, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
-Wai-Shun Hung, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
-Nalini Iyer, Associate Professor of English
-Sonora Jha, Associate Professor of Communication
-William Kangas, Senior Core Lecturer History
-Carol E. Kelly, Matteo Ricci College
-Paulette Kidder, Associate Professor of Philosophy
-Victoria Kill, Adjunct Faculty English
-Kate Koppelman, Assistant Professor of English
-Kevin C. Krycka, Associate Professor of Psychology
-George Kunz, Professor Emeritus of Psychology
-Kathleen LaVoy, Associate Professor of Psychology
-Kan Liang, Associate Professor of History
-Erica Lillelht, Associate Professor of Psychology
-Madeline Lovell, Associate Professor of Sociology
-Tayyab Mahmud, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Global Justice
-Sean McDowell, Associate Professor of English
-Marc McLeod, Associate Professor of History
-Gordon Miller, Director of Environmental Studies
-Cynthia Moe-Loebeda, Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
-Larry Nichols, Lecturer English
-Laurel Oates, Professor of Law
-Erik Olsen, Associate Professor of Political Science
-Tracey Pepper, Core Lecturer History
-Jeffrey S. Philpott, Assistant Professor of Communication
-Harriet Phinney, Lecturer Anthropology
-Catherine Punsalan, Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
-Katherine Raichle, Assistant Professor of Psychology
-Matthew Rellihan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
-Christina A. Roberts, Assistant Professor of English
-Jeanette Rodriguez, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
-C. Bradley Scharf, Professor of Political Science
-Mary Lou Sena, Associate Professor of Philosophy
-Julie Shapiro, Professor of Law
-Elizabeth Sikes, Core Lecturer Philosophy
-David M. Skover, Fredric C. Tausend Professor of Law
-Mary-Antoinette Smith, Associate Professor of English
-William H. Smith, Core Lecturer Philosophy
-Heath Spencer, Core Lecturer History
-Jeffrey L. Staley, Adjunct Faculty Theology and Religious Studies
-Shizuko Suenaga, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages
-Sharon A. Suh, Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
-Olúfémi Táíwò, Professor of Philosophy and Global African Studies
-Samuel Talcott, Core Lecturer Philosophy
-Hannah Tracy, Lecturer English
-Trileigh Tucker, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
-Josef Venker, S.J., Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
-Jason M. Wirth, Associate Professor of Philosophy
- Riva Zeff, Clinical Professor Social Work

May 6 organizers wrangle meeting with Wild

From a mailing from the administrators of the Facebook group Marquette: Do Not Discriminate Against Jodi O’Brien:

Hello All,

Today four students met with Father Wild (Marquette’s President) and Dr. L. Christopher Miller (vice president for student affairs) to discuss the need for a swift apology from Father Wild. The students requested that Father Wild make this apology publicly before 5pm tomorrow. There will be another update at that time regarding further actions if the apology is not made in a timely manner. Please let me know if any of you would be interested in participating in an act of solidarity at 5 tomorrow to demonstrate your belief that an apology is necessary to move forward.

[Name redacted by WW]

Dems reach deal to repeal DADT

Can they not screw it up? Via TPM:

In a major breakthrough just in time to energize the Democratic voter base for the fall, the White House has given its blessing to a compromise repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military. The measure, which could face a vote this week, would allow the Pentagon to move forward with its review of the best way to end the Clinton-era policy.

The change would come in the form of an amendment to the defense spending measure, a process which the White House’s Office of Management and Budget said late last night it will support. The Pentagon also backs using this method while it completes the review, OMB Director Peter Orszag said in a letter to Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is working on the issue on the Senate side. Orszag said the amendment would allow for “comprehensive review, enable the Department of Defense to assess the results of the review, and ensure that the implementation of the repeal is consistent with standards of military readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, recruiting and retention.” Democrats on the Hill accepted the compromise last night.

The new agreement comes following a private White House meeting for gay rights groups and after months of protests that included Lt. Dan Choi chaining himself to the gates at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to draw attention to the sluggish pace of President Obama’s promise to repeal the policy. Sen. Carl Levin told TPMDC yesterday that the White House came around “in the last few days.”

The Associated Press reports that Rep. Patrick Murphy, an Iraq war veteran, is expected to introduce the legislative proposal Tuesday, with a vote possible as early as Thursday. Republicans say they’ll fight the proposal. Murphy (D-PA) on Monday sent the White House a letter from military leaders citing a Gallup poll from earlier this month showing 70 percent of Americans favor overturning the ban.

A note

I would say, “congratulations to everyone who got degrees yesterday!”, but I would be included in that “everyone [who got degrees yesterday],” and I don’t believe in self-congratulation. So instead, here’s Lindsay Lohan’s advice to graduates (Subscribe to Sarah Benincasa.):

Monday Morning Surrealism, early

Giorgio de Chirico, "Hector and Andromache," 1917

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