TUESDAY, AUG. 18, 2020 (Vol. 2 No. 3)
(Student Press Law Center)
A former Harvard University employee named the school’s student newspaper in a federal lawsuit filed July 20, accusing The Harvard Crimson of defamation and libel over coverage of his nude play about circumcision.
The lawsuit alleges The Crimson defamed Clopper by referring to his play as a “nude, anti-Semitic rant” in an article detailing Harvard’s decision to review complaints made against the one-man production. Clopper denounced circumcision in the play, and wrote in the lawsuit he is “adamantly opposed to non-consensual circumcision or genital cutting.”
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(The Raleigh News & Observer)
A growing number of coronavirus cases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has drawn the ire of students and faculty alike — perhaps none more so than the editorial staff at The Daily Tar Heel.
On page three of Monday’s print edition, the student newspaper’s editorial board declared: “UNC has a clusterf**k on its hands.”
(Chronicle of Higher Education via Meg O’Neil)
For faculty members heading back to virtual classrooms this fall, the crisis mode of spring is over and the expectations about online professionalism are rising.
Only last month, I participated in a large university-wide Zoom meeting on how to enhance the online experience for students and optimize the visual layout of our courses on Canvas.
Ironically, as more than 100 colleagues met to think hard about which online techniques and graphics worked best, we remained fairly clueless about how we appeared on screen.
During the meeting, dozens and dozens of dedicated faculty members aligned on my screen like neat rows of 18th-century portraits, complete with props that volunteered clues about each illustrious sitter.
Along with the expected bookcases were piles of unexpected stuff: yoga mats, consumer electronics, dirty dishes on a kitchen counter, inscrutable dark corners, beach toys, crockery, and all matter of clutter.
Copyright 2020 by Rich Cameron