[Milton-L] Liberty of education

Nancy Charlton charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 17 19:03:29 EDT 2018

Larissa et al.,

Here is the draft of a letter to the officials. Please, all, tell me of
anything that should be added—or taken out. I’d like to speak to this
issue, but I’d like it to be effective. I await your comments, on or off

Nancy Charlton

On Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 3:15 AM Larisa Zámbóné Kocić <larisa.kocic at gmail.com>

> Dear Milton scholars,
> I do apologize if this seems out of place, but it has been here, on this
> listserv, that I have learned: studying Milton one cannot avoid political
> issues. Before you get yourself worked up, please note that this is not
> about present US issues, but a Hungarian one. Our government is proposing
> to eliminate all accredited gender studies MA programs/degrees from
> Hungarian universities (not that there are much to begin with) without
> offering plausible reasons for doing so (their usual rhetoric -- hardly cloth'd
> in reason's garb -- is that the program is not economically justifiable,
> nor does it comply with the Hungarian Christian democratic values (sic!)).
> The Network of University Teachers in Hungary (OHA) has issued a
> statement against banning the gender studies program
> <https://www.facebook.com/notes/oktat%C3%B3i-h%C3%A1l%C3%B3zat/statement-of-the-network-of-university-teachers-against-banning-the-gender-studi/1954765827917680/>
> (whether or not you are registered to facebook the text of the statement on
> the link provided will be legible and accessible in English).
> If you feel like joining our protest, please, consider doing any or all of
> the following:
>    - write Dr József Bódis ( jozsef.bodis at emmi.gov.hu ), State Secretary
>    for Education, Ministry of Human Capacities with a statement/comments about
>    the proposal
>    - if you have a listserve, it would be wonderful if you could
>    circulate the  statement of the OHA Protest
>    - please share the letter of protest you are kindly sending to the
>    Hungarian  Secretary of Education on your own blog/twitter/facebook/webpage
>    (all online platforms are welcome)
> Also, the ELTE School of English and American Studies has issued a
> statement <http://seas3.elte.hu/seas/statement-on-gender-studies.html> in
> English too.
> Your support and solidarity is much appreciated.
> Thank you,
> Larisa Kocic-Zámbó
> Senior Assistant Professor
> Department of English, Institute of English and American Studies
> University of Szeged, Faculty of Arts
> H-6722 Szeged, Egyetem u. 2.
> Tel.:+36-62-544 526 Fax: +36-62-544259
> http://ieas-szeged.hu/sociablespirit
> larisa at ieas-szeged.hu
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