[SIGCIS-Members] What happened on the list last year

Bo An gazagoal at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 13:50:36 PST 2018


Dear Professor Rankin,

As a graduate student who benefited from your scholarship, both the SIGCIS
meeting talk (via YouTube) and your brilliant new book, I'm truly horrified
by what you have gone through. I admire the strength you displayed in the
process and want to thank you for sharing the story and, for one thing,
showing the young scholars how one can possibly face and survive such
heinous harassment _and_ institutional betrayal. If it's possible, I was
hoping to share your article with other young scholars concerned with MeToo
in academia.

Thank you,
Bo

---
PhD Candidate,
East Asian and Media Studies
Yale University

On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 4:24 PM Megan Finn <megfinn at uw.edu> wrote:

> Dear Joy,
>
>
> I'm appalled by what you have been through and like Miriam and others wish
> you support and community. Thank you for writing this and giving your
> incredible talk at 4S in Boston. I like that *you* have fired Michigan
> State and given all of us the opportunity to learn from "utter
> institutional failure." I've shared it with my colleagues and students so
> that we can all bear witness to your amazing courage and your -- and all of
> our -- struggle.
>
>
> Best,
>
> Megan
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Members <members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org> on behalf of Sweeney,
> Miriam <mesweeney1 at ua.edu>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, November 28, 2018 1:10:39 PM
> *To:* drjoy; members at lists.sigcis.org
> *Subject:* Re: [SIGCIS-Members] What happened on the list last year
>
> Dear Joy,
>
> Thank you for sharing this devastating account of your experiences with
> harassment. Your story is so important to me and to other women in the
> academy, for whom experiences like these are familiar.  Your intertwined
> stories about MSU and Dear demonstrate the systemic nature of harassment
> and the multiple ways it plays out institutionally and individually. I wish
> you continued courage, community, and solidarity as you navigate the
> fallout of all of this.  (And I hope that MSU received some renewed
> scrutiny and accountability as a result.)
>
> Many congratulations on your book and your outstanding contributions to
> the field.
>
> Sincerely,
> Miriam
>
> Miriam E. Sweeney
>
> Assistant Professor , School of Library and Information Studies
>
> The University of Alabama <https://www.ua.edu>
> 527 Gorgas
> Box 870252
> Tuscaloosa , AL
> office 205-348-1522
> mesweeney1 at ua.edu | https://slis.ua.edu/
>
>
>
>
> On Nov 28, 2018, at 1:51 PM, M. Hicks <mhicks1 at iit.edu> wrote:
>
> Joy (and all)--
>
> I am appalled by what you've been through and I want to commend you on
> your honesty and strength. As Barbara notes, accounts like this are a
> critical part of our history as a field, as a discipline, and as a (highly
> imperfect) knowledge-producing endeavor. Thank you for all the work you
> have done, including your pathbreaking book. I am sorry we couldn't make
> things work out better. But I look forward to your future work--whatever
> form that may take--because you have an insightful, courageous voice, and
> the way you use it enriches us all.
>
> Thank you.
>
> Best,
>
> Mar
>
> ______________________
> Marie Hicks, Ph.D.
> Associate Professor, History of Technology
> Illinois Institute of Technology
> Chicago, IL USA
> mhicks1 at iit.edu | mariehicks.net <http://www.mariehicks.net/> |
> @histoftech <http://twitter.com/histoftech>
> *Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost
> Its Edge in Computing*
> www.programmedinequality.com
>
> On Nov 28, 2018, at 2:35 PM, Barbara B Walker <bbwalker at unr.edu> wrote:
>
> Dear Joy,
>
> Thank you for writing out this important piece of professional and
> institutional history, painful though it must be to relive these
> experiences and to share them. It is a valuable read because of its
> thoughtful exploration of the context and implications of the very
> disturbing events in your recent professional life.
>
> Sending warmest regards and support, Barbara
>
> Barbara Walker
> Associate Professor
> Department of History/308
> University of Nevada, Reno
> Reno NV 89557
>
> Office phone: 775-784-4303
> Website: https://www.unr.edu/history/history-people/barbara-walker
>
>
> *From: *Members <members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org> on behalf of drjoy <
> drjoy at joyrankin.com>
> *Date: *Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 10:49 AM
> *To: *"members at lists.sigcis.org" <members at lists.sigcis.org>
> *Subject: *[SIGCIS-Members] What happened on the list last year
>
> Hello SIGCIS Colleagues,
>
> First, thank you for your many on- and off-list messages of
> congratulations and support for my book. I deeply appreciate them,
> especially in the context of what I'm about to share.
>
> Those of you who were on the list last spring saw my work savaged by a man
> named Brian Dear. Even then, I received on- and off-list messages of
> support for my scholarship. But what happened publicly was only one piece
> of a terrible, terrible year.
>
> Here is a fuller picture:
> https://medium.com/@drjoy/why-im-firing-michigan-state-sexual-harassment-online-harassment-and-utter-institutional-6663a6bde68e
> <https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmedium.com%2F%40drjoy%2Fwhy-im-firing-michigan-state-sexual-harassment-online-harassment-and-utter-institutional-6663a6bde68e&data=01%7C01%7Cbbwalker%40unr.edu%7C2d18d2fe7bff48d57fdc08d655623e71%7C523b4bfc0ebd4c03b2b96f6a17fd31d8%7C1&sdata=6br6xCXaZnuVqbC%2F0FxNA6VlB%2F%2BdXtSuqBVjGc5E78k%3D&reserved=0>
>
> SIGCIS as an organization did the right thing, and for that, I'm grateful.
> Regards,
> Joy
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