[Milton-L] Liberty of education

Nancy Charlton charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 17 22:15:21 EDT 2018

My apologies,

I thought this had been Pasted, but a call came in and I guess I didn’t.
Anyway, it was still in the buffer, so here it is:

August 17, 2018


It is with dismay and disbelief that I hear of your  university’s decision
to close down your gender studies program instituted just last year. While
it may seem frivolous to you, it has become a vital resource in many
American universities.

It spans many disciplines: sociology, psychology, law, medicine, public
policy and legislation, religion, history, and literature. It recognizes
that gender shapes many attitudes and mindsets, and in turn is shaped by
them. It recognizes the differences—and the congruities—of the genders. It
strives to reconcile them harmoniously, to eliminate some of the tensions
arising from misunderstandings between them.

A university that shuns the examination of these questions will be left
behind, and its graduates with it. A country as venerable and civilized as
Hungary should not do such a disservice to its students or its faculty.

Therefore, as an American admirer of all things Hungarian, I urge you to
preserve and maintain the discipline of gender studies.

On Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 4:03 PM Nancy Charlton <charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com>

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