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As are many sexual harassment lawsuits, complaints, stories… This is one reason UD tends not to report them… They’re often a real mess.

This one at Northwestern now has a suit (against the university) and another suit (against local news outlets), and what actually happened between this student and the professor she claims harassed her? She does not seem to have filed a report with the police.

I cover this latest NU mess because I covered (a little) the Colin McGinn mess, and because there’s another mess in the philosophy department at the University of Colorado right now, and a larger messy discussion being carried on nationally about philosophy as a particularly sexism-ridden academic field.

Because it’s a major American university, and Ludlow’s an important philosopher, and the student’s lawsuit is a real whopper, this story will probably be pretty big. University Diaries will have to take note.

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2 Responses to “Well, this is a fine mess.”

  1. Mr Punch Says:

    The Dylan Farrow mess is actually something quite different, I think. What it seems to me to be about (and Scathing Online Schoolmarm might examine the chain of argument in Kristof’s column) is the claim that someone who has been accused of such acts should not be honored as a movie director. In the field of American poetry, the equivalent was perhaps the controversy over whether or not Ezra Pound should receive the Emerson-Thoreau Medal.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Mr Punch: You’re right – I’ve revised the post.

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