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Black professor ends hunger strike at MIT February 20, 2007

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James L. Sherley, an African-American professor at MIT who was denied tenure, ended his 12-day hunger strike at noon Saturday, but he made sure the administration knew he was still demanding tenure and immediate action to address perceived racism on campus, reports the Boston Globe.

      “Starting today, I will in fact break my fast, in celebration of the attention that has been brought to bear on issues of equity, diversity, and justice at MIT and in higher education,” he wrote in a statement posted on the university’s Web site.

      “Carefully modified from the original, my demands are still on the table. I urge the administration to act in good faith, to openly acknowledge and respond to the lines of communication and negotiation that have been in place for two weeks, and to find its way to meet these demands,” Sherley’s statement said.

      The Massachusetts Institute of Technology “will continue to work toward resolution of our differences with Professor Sherley,” said a statement posted with Sherley’s on the website.

      “Professor Sherley’s protest has focused attention on the effects that race may play in the hiring, advancement, and experience of under-represented minority faculty, and on ensuring that our grievance processes are comprehensive, fair, and timely. MIT is fully committed to addressing these issues,” the MIT statement said.



MIT prof mulls no-food strike as tenure protest December 24, 2006

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An MIT professor is reportedly threatening to “die defiantly” in a hunger strike outside the provost’s office, if that’s what it takes, to overturn a university decision denying him tenure.

Dr. James Sherley, a professor of biological engineering at MIT who is black, contends “racist attitudes” on the part of his department colleagues were a key factor in the rejection of his bid to become a permanent member of the university’s faculty. MIT denies Sherley’s charges.

Now Sherley, who has already voiced his concerns to the local media, is preparing to ramp up his protests in a bid to both win tenure and force the resignation of Provost Robert Brown. 

In an open letter to fellow MIT professors that was posted on an Internet blog, Sherley is threatening to go forth with a planned hunger strike on Feb. 5 outside the provost’s office unless his demands are met. Sherley, who could not be reached for comment, is inviting fellow MIT colleagues to accompany him for moral support. The letter, corroborated by one source, was first reported online by the Boston Business Journal.


Sexism at MIT August 12, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Alla Karpova, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, E-Mail, glass ceiling, Harvard, Hockfield, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, scientist, Sexism, Sexism at MIT, Sexist, Susumu Tonegawa, Virginia Valian.
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WHEN SUSAN Hockfield was named president at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the university’s first female leader said she hoped her presence would “give confidence to girls and young women that there are opportunities that will be open to them that they can’t imagine right now.”

Hockfield has her first major chance now to display some imagination over such opportunities on her campus. An MIT professor, Nobel laureate Susumu Tonegawa, was accused in Globe stories of bullying a scientist into turning down a job offer from the school. Tonegawa sent the scientist, Alla Karpova, a discouraging e-mail less than an hour after the MIT Biology Department offered her a post at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. Despite his Nobel Prize , the 66-year-old Tonegawa, director of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, may have seen Karpova as a threat to his preeminence in neuroscience, even though she is less than half his age.