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Recently, Brandeis University professor Donald Hindleya tenured professor who has taught Latin American and Southeast Asian Politics at Brandeis for the past forty-six yearshas been accused of being a racist. The Brandeis administration has ordered Hindley to attend anti-discrimination classes and has elected to place a monitor in classes, whose task it is to determine that Hindley is able to conduct [himself] appropriately in the classroom. Should the monitor conclude that Hindley is unable to take the affirmative steps to correct [his] conduct, he may very well be terminated.

Those of us who have taken classes with Professor Hindley know him to be a superb educator, whose unique style of teaching incorporates humor and natural charisma in order to arrest our attention and ensure that we learn. We find the allegations of racism baffling, especially since Hindley has never missed an opportunity to reaffirm his undying opposition to any form of exploitation of one group by another.

From the scant evidence that has been made available, moreover, it is clear that the administration violated university protocol. The investigation into Hindleys alleged iniquities has been (and continues to be) conducted in secret, with the Brandeis administration refusing to address even the most elementary of student concerns: what was the racist remark, and in what context was it made? And, importantly: who is bringing the accusation?

It is imperative that we defend the rights of those few professors who have the courage to dissent, especially in a time when universities across the country are removing them systematically and for the most absurd reasons.

Please consider taking the time to email the following people:

Provost Marty Krauss: krauss[@]brandeis.edu
Jesse Simone, Director of Employment: simone[@]brandeis.edu
Adam Jaffe, Dean of Arts and Sciences: ajaffe[@]brandeis.edu
Steven Burg, Chair, Department of Politics: burg[@]brandeis.edu

Tell them that Donald Hindley deserves a fair and open investigation, that the opinions and input of his studentsboth present and pastare not irrelevant, and that, most importantly, the example of a free-thinking, independent citizen should be encouraged, not combated.

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