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To the Editor of the Campus Journal:
I am concerned about the recent CIE travel report written by Professor Marla
Brettschneider, and published in the Campus Journal (also circulated to faculty
via email by the CIE office). In her report, Professor Brettschneider writes
"One challenge was that, unlike Rome, religious leaders from across faith
communities tried to stop the event. Right wing activists threatened participants
at levels previously unseen. For example, there were posters circulating in
Jerusalem with instructions how to make a small home-made bomb to throw into
the crowd on the day of the public march.
There were also calls for a 20,000NIS (approximately $5,000) bounty for the
head of any marcher killed. There were many events for the week of World Pride,
but these threats were only directed at the public march."
These paragraphs leave the very strong impression, at least by suggestion
or implication, that it was "religious leaders from across the faith communities" who
not only objected to the World Pride exhibition, but who were also responsible
for the threats of violence.
In the space of a few sentences, Professor Brettschneider's report conflates "religious
leaders" with "right wing actitists" and bounty-paying killers.
I am reasonably certain "religious leaders from across faith communities" were
not the ones circulating bomb-making instructions, or offering rewards for
the death of gay marchers.
Perhaps Professor Brettschneider could provide a correction or clarification
in order not to leave the impression that she meant to implicate all the religious
communities of Jerusalem in a conspiracy to murder homosexuals.
Dept. of Communication.
Dr. Brettschneider responds:
To Professor Farrell and the Campus Community:
Thank you for sending this note to me. As I said in my reply directly to Professor
Farrell earlier, I apologize for how this may have sounded. It was not my intention
to offend anyone or to conflate the groups you note.
I myself was in Jerusalem this summer with religious contingents (from my
own faith community as well as in delegations of interfaith clergy) and balk
when people conflate "religious" in general with right wing politics.
With specific reference to the portions you note, to be clear: I did not attribute
the bomb or bounty issues to religious leaders, but to "right wing activists."
It is true, unfortunately, that many religious leaders WERE VERY involved
in a threatening response to World Pride in Jerusalem this and last year. (There
were also many wonderful religious leaders from across the globe and across
religious identifications offering wonderful support to the events.) I of course
cannot say that “religious leaders” were behind those two specific
things, nor did I intend to suggest such. I did not intend to suggest anything
beyond what I did —and know that I CAN— say about "right wing activists." Although
this was a short report on a long and intense trip, as you see the sentence
with "religious leaders across faith communities" is a different
I thank you for calling this to my attention so that any misconceptions may
be addressed. I appreciate this opportunity from both you and the Campus Journal
to air such conversations in public.
Dr. Marla Brettschneider
Political Science and Women’s Studies
TO: UNH Women Faculty and UNH PAT Women
FROM: The HERS Scholarship Recommendation Committee
You are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the
2006-2007 HERS Management Institute for Women in Higher Education
at Wellesley College. Please see the URL:
http://www.wellesley.edu/WCW/Hers/Frm_MIFWIHE.htm for a description of the program. (Note: the program is for all
of the dates listed during the year). It is anticipated that UNH
will fund two scholarships this year. This support includes the
cost of tuition/fees, hotel/meals, and transportation.
You may apply for this scholarship by submitting a letter of
interest stating how you would gain from the experience, the name
and phone number of a campus colleague to serve as a reference in
support of your application, and a current CV or resume. Please
submit these by September 9, 2006 either by campus mail or email,
14e Stoke Hall/Campus
If you have alternative funding to pay for the program, you may
also apply directly to Susan Knowles, HERS Institute, Wellesley
College, Wellesley, MA 02181.
The HERS Scholarship Recommendation Committee, comprised of UNH
HERS alumna, will make their recommendations to the Provost for
submission to the HERS Program at Wellesley. The HERS-Wellesley
Institute will make the final selection based on balancing their
2006-2007 incoming class between faculty and professional staff,
and the various backgrounds of the applicant pool. Awarded
recipients will be notified by the Provost's Office of the final
outcome by September 22.
If you have any questions about the program please contact
Nancy Hamer at the above phone number or by email.
HERS Scholarship Recommendation Committee
I would like to express my disappointment that the Campus Journal no longer covers
news from the staff councils. Over the past year or more I have been increasingly
frustrated getting timely, independent information about these meetings.
When there was a print Journal I felt I was able to keep up with campus developments – not
just staff issues but all the news of campus-wide interest. Now I find myself
clicking between tiny headlines to articles that I can read in the newspaper
or on the Media Services website.
When I think to look at the PAT Council site the minutes are already stale
and sometimes incoherent. And, while I used to read the OS Council articles
with interest, now I hardly ever take the time to look at their website.
In addition, I miss the portability and legibility of the print version, although
I understand the financial imperatives. You could read the print Journal on
the bus or waiting for a meeting to begin. Now, I have to view the online version
at my desk.
I really miss relatively objective, timely news about staff concerns such
as appeared in the print Journal. Please, start covering the meetings of the
staff councils again. Don’t ignore two-thirds of the employee community.