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Harvard President Claudine Gay keeps job following disastrous testimony


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The Washington Examiner

Eden Villalovas, Breaking News Reporter
December 12, 2023

 

Harvard President Claudine Gay  will stay in her role following a wave of backlash from last week's congressional hearing on campus antisemitism, the Harvard Crimson, the university's student newspaper, reported Tuesday morning.

Members of Harvard University's faculty sent a letter to the Harvard Corporation, the university's governing body, urging the university not to oust the president in an hourslong meeting on Monday. The Harvard Corporation announced it "unanimously stands in support" of Gay keeping her post on Tuesday.

"Our extensive deliberations affirm our confidence that President Gay is the right leader to help our community heal and to address the very serious societal issues we are facing," the Harvard Corporation said in a statement.

"Harvard’s mission is advancing knowledge, research, and discovery that will help address deep societal issues and promote constructive discourse, and we are confident that President Gay will lead Harvard forward toward accomplishing this vital work," the Harvard Corporation wrote.

More than 700 Harvard faculty members signed a petition backing Gay, showing their support for the embattled president in a letter to the Harvard Corporation. The Harvard Alumni Association Executive Committee said it “unanimously and unequivocally supports” Gay keeping her job, according to a letter the committee sent to university officials obtained by NBC News.

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“A White Male Would Probably Already Be Gone”

Yesterday, journalist Christopher Brunet and I broke a story examining evidence that strongly suggests that Harvard president Claudine Gay plagiarized multiple sections of her Ph.D. dissertation, according to Harvard’s own academic integrity policies. One of the scholars that Gay used material from in at least two instances was Carol Swain, who has served as a professor at Princeton and Vanderbilt. Swain is also known as one of America’s most prominent black conservatives and has published scholarly work criticizing race-based preferences and affirmative action.

This morning, I spoke with Swain, who said that she saw “a clear pattern of what one would consider plagiarism in Dr. Gay’s thesis” and called into question Gay’s continued service as Harvard’s president. The following transcript has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Christopher Rufo: What are your thoughts about the Claudine Gay plagiarism accusations?

Carol Swain: What is bothering me is not just that there’s passages she didn’t put in quotation marks. When I look at her work, I feel like her whole research agenda, her whole career, was based on my work. It bothers me because I know that my work was a big deal in the early 1990s. And I started falling out of favor in 1995 when I started criticizing race-based affirmative action. I thought affirmative action should be means-tested and race-neutral. When I started putting those ideas out, that’s when I started falling out of favor and getting labeled as a conservative, even while I was a Democrat, and blacks started attacking me, calling me a “sellout.”

Rufo: In my recent story, I documented at least two instances in which Gay lifted from your work. Do you consider that to be plagiarism?

Swain: There seems to be a pattern because it’s not just two cases from my work. There are instances that you point to from other people’s work. At best, it was sloppiness, but it would be considered plagiarism if you lift sections of other people’s work and you pass it off as your own.

Rufo: Throughout the paper, she lifted verbatim passages from others but did not put them in quotation marks. I consulted Harvard’s own plagiarism policy, and these all appear to be clear violations.

Swain: She became president of Harvard and got recognition as being its first black president. I don’t believe her record warranted tenure, and I believe that I had to meet a much higher standard than she did. Something changed in the mid-1990s, [when] we were having a big affirmative action debate.

Rufo: Tell me more about this.:snip:

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10 minutes ago, Geee said:

“A White Male Would Probably Already Be Gone”

Swain: She became president of Harvard and got recognition as being its first black president. I don’t believe her record warranted tenure, and I believe that I had to meet a much higher standard than she did. Something changed in the mid-1990s, [when] we were having a big affirmative action debate.

 

Obviously D. Swain is someone who hates black women.

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1 hour ago, Valin said:

 

Obviously D. Swain is someone who hates black women.

 

11 minutes ago, Geee said:

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Carol Swain

That was  a joke.

Jul 24, 2017

The south used to vote Democrat. Now it votes Republican. Why the switch? Was it, as some people say, because the GOP decided to appeal to racist whites? Carol Swain, Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, explains.

This  is when I 1st heard of her

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