Faculty at every institution, including tenured professors, have been put on notice.
Perhaps Dr. Katz will soon be found with other esteemed colleagues at University of Austin.
Universities used to be the front lines of free speech. Now they are the front lines of thought and speech control.
False allegations of sexual misconduct only make it more difficult for legitimate victims to come forward. The Woke Army is effectively protecting predators on college campuses.
Thanks, good informative post. What’s happening in academia is happening in every sector of society. Hopefully political expediency will lead to many disciplines working together to stand against this. A highly trained, creatively charged linguist would be epic to hear from. This is everywhere.
A truly enlightened university, where the quest for knowledge demands all arguments survive deep and considered scrutiny, and the success of ideas are judged by the actual outcomes, has a plethora of available teaching and research staff on the market right now.
Sadly, our university system has been so captured and stupefied by the uncritical far left. I believe the entire purpose of university no longer exist in the US, and a great deal of actual knowledge has been cancelled along with some of the greatest professors in this nations’ history.
Maybe we should just buy each of our kids a house and send them into the world debt free, genuinely educated, and focused on building something of value. It doesn’t appear any of that is happening at overpriced “higher education” institutes today - they are acting as gatekeepers, but the fence is falling down, so half way smart young adults can just walk around the gate. (And yes, both my husband and I purchased masters degrees).
Also, I will note here, that your portrayal of the matter is highly one-sided, and presents a biased picture rather than the open and honest discussion you imply that you support. She didn't testify against him in 2018 because he talked her out of it and she wanted to put the affair behind her. They have the EMAILS! Thousands of them. There is indications of abuse, she almost committed suicide, he didn't want her to go to therapy (which would have helped) because she would have disclosed the affair, etc. etc. etc. He abused his position, he hurt her, he should have been fired. But Pamela won't tell you any of that because she prefers her made up story about Universities gone made because woke culture is destroying America. Do not believe you are getting a fair picture from her. you are not.
I don't particularly care about the free speech angle or his disagreement with the campus organization or whatever, but wow, this is horrendously misogynistic at every turn. This blog is an excellent example of the fact that "TERF" is a misnomer for gender criticals — certainly it's trans-exclusionary, but it's by no means feminist (much less radical)! Some points:
- The fact that the incredibly inappropriate behavior exhibited by Katz towards his female students would arguably be less scrutinized by leftists were he also a leftist and the victims conservative is not proof that this behavior was acceptable, merely that leftism without feminism is no less misogynistic on a fundamental level than rightism. And to be clear, rightism is also misogynistic. This article is proof.
- It's incredibly obvious to anyone with even an ounce of a conscience that romantic/sexual relationships between a student and a professor (or teacher, TA, tutor, research mentor...) who is currently in a position of power over the student are inherently inappropriate, as is singling out a particular student to give gifts like chocolates (WTF?) to. This was equally obvious in 2006. A fully mentally competent man being incapable of exercising even the most rudimentary of moral reasoning in his decisionmaking is entirely his own fault and the actually civil and moral elements of society should not be expected to adapt themselves such that he won't have to experience consequences. Given the nature of this blog, I'd expect an author on it to be less transparently willing to reshape reality in order to make men comfortable, but then again, it's not like that's really the reason you people are anti-trans anyway.
- While it seems like you intended to use his academic credentials as a means of showing how cavalier it is for Princeton to fire him when he is so competent at the work which he was hired to do, their use in the same article where you discuss sexual misconduct allegations against him tacitly implies that if a man is smart enough or enough of a "pillar of the community," then clearly he cannot truly do something as awful as to commit an act of sexual misconduct; it must be the woman who's lying. This is a common means of shaming and silencing female survivors of male violence and abuse: not just sexual misconduct but also emotional and physical abuse, sexual assault, r*pe... Oftentimes, men who would "never do that," who are "valued members of the community," who are distinguished intellectuals, politicians, religious clergy, et al. are, in fact, the biggest culprits.
- By the way, related to the above, as someone who has studied linguistics in an academic capacity, his repertoire is by no means unique. Perhaps they are at Princeton in particular, but the languages listed are some of the most popularly studied in classical linguistics (with the exception of Tocharian). Those skills are replaceable, not that it has any bearing on whether he should have been fired.
- The fact that the student with whom he had a relationship worked on the Obama and Clinton campaigns bears absolutely no relevance to the validity of her claims of the existence of the relationship (which are uncontested by Katz! The only controversial thing here is whether it was inappropriate, which it resolutely is!) and implying that it does is exactly as myopic as would be a leftist discounting her experience were she a Trump supporter.
Literally the only problem here is that Katz wasn't fired immediately upon revelations of his initial sexual misconduct in 2006 and the university waited until after this controversy also happened. He had it coming.
"And while it seems unlikely that a progressive Katz would get to the point of needing to provide exculpatory evidence or a psychiatric report detailing his passive personality, if he did, would a leftist, tenured Professor Katz have been fired?"
I mean, yes, it's quite possible that a "progressive" Katz would also have been targeted. In that case he wouldn't have been targeted for "racist" views, but there might have been some zealous opponents of cisheterosexists who would have objected to his using his cishetero white male privilege to abuse a vulnerable female student. Because the racism baggage wouldn't have been there, there probably wouldn't have been quite as much of a ruckus, but from the perspective of the SJW crowd, the more cishetero white males that can be kicked out of universities, the better.
Pamela, every article you write is an attempt to intellectualize your defense of the status quo which provides you wealth and privilege. You write for a journal that is racist, sexist, and highly homophobic. You portray sexist, racist, homophobic, bigots as the victims in article after article as you attack anyone and everyone who thinks progressively and is trying to make the world a better place for those who have really suffered without the privilege that you have had your whole life. This man sexually assaulted a teenager. He should have been fired. That is the story. That is all.
Everything in your article convinces me he should be fired. He, as a man with the power to make or break a student's life, had a relationship with a young female that was under his control. Yes!!! He should have been fired. The fact that he is a racist and wants to make sure the status quo, which is the perpetuation of white dominance, continues is also telling about who he is. Not everything is about liberal overstep. Sometimes, racist and sexist men are wrong. You just don't seem to grasp that.
But people like Kevin Kruse get a pass for plagiarism...