Michael Tooley recently sent me some details of how the Colorado philosophy department came to invite in the site visit committee. Once I’ve got his permission, I’ll post a summary of those details here. They portray a picture of the department and its motivations in a way that, it seems to me, makes much more sense than the increasingly implausible account in which the dean and provost co-requested the site visit.
In the meantime, I hope everyone has had a look at Ludlow’s response to the charges raised against him by his anonymous accuser. If his account is correct (and I suspect from his response that there will soon be objective evidence to falsify either his story or his accuser’s), he has been hounded quite unjustly not only by a student who may be somewhat unbalanced, but by a shockingly irresponsible investigator and administration, not to mention a horde of self-righteous students who are rubbing salt into the wounds of an innocent man. Details here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9etoTst5TwXOWNGZXgxZ0N5U0k/edit?pli=1
The cadre of students, faculty, bloggers, and site visit team who have been banging the feminist drum more and more loudly these past weeks and months came out to fight the good fight, but somehow got lost along the way. As Adolph Reed, Jr. describes an oddly similar group in his essay in this month’s Harper’s, “its metier is bearing witness, demonstrating solidarity, and the event of the gesture. Its reflex is to ‘send messages’ to those in power, to make statements, and to stand with the oppressed.”