Professor Paul Rozin makes another thinly veiled threat against Gil-White


BRIEF PREFATORY NOTE from Francisco Gil-Whites

Below is the text of a second email that Paul Rozin sent to me, and that I have also construed as a threat. Following the text of the email, I analyze its content. [ Read the first email threat. ]

Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 10:12:29 -0400
From: Paul Rozin <rozin@psych.upenn.edu>
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To: Francisco Gil-White <fjgil@psych.upenn.edu>, "rozin@cattell.psych.upenn.edu" <rozin@psych.upenn.edu>, McCauley Clark <cmccaule@psych.upenn.edu>
Subject: Re: About my course and other stuff
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I'm afraid you need protection, whether you think so or not. Everyone is censored all of the time, as when, for example, you decide not to ask a question at a talk, or tell someone you think their work or mind is poor. By mixing your politics and your teaching, you are treading on very dangerous ground. The students from whom I heard about your course, were not only surprised at your session on Milosevic, but felt it was delivered with a passion that was unlike the rest of your course, and inappropriate for a university class. Frankly, from what I can tell, at least among the people I deal with (students and faculty), your impassioned endorsement of your views gets in the way of your communicating, and causes people to doubt you. In any event, I am opposed to Bush, capital punishment, and many other things, but I do not bring this up in class. It is a particular problem for you because you are trying to shield your political writings from consideration as part of your dossier. Unfortunately, by bringing this up in your course, you have made this much more difficult.

I can't believe your conscience prevents you from withholding some of your political views in class. All of the rest of the faculty manage to do that. I know you feel that you have a piece of the truth that no one knows, but you are not unique in that, and anyway, you may be wrong. I will not defend your right to say anything you want in class. You don't have that right. No one does. You have a responsibility as a faculty member. I think you are being way overrighteous, and are being blinded by your political convictions. If you really feel that compelled by them, you should resign your academic position, and move on to journalism.



The accusation in the email above is that I mixed my teaching and my politics. The complaint was about one half of one lecture of one of my courses. And in that lecture, I did not share my political beliefs. Instead, I documented a fact: that the mass media lied about Slobodan Milosevic's 1989 speech in Kosovo.[1] Had I shared my political beliefs, however, that would not have been inappropriate.

As I document in a letter that I sent to the psychology department chairman, everything I have done in the classroom is explicitly protected by University of Pennsylvania Faculty Handbook. Indeed, it would be remarkable if it were written anywhere that professors are not supposed to document facts for their students!



[1] "How Politicians, the Media, and Scholars Lied about Milosevic's 1989 Kosovo Speech: A review of the evidence"; Emperor's Clothes; 9 February 2002; by Francisco Gil-White



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