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

Julie Cohn cohnconnor at gmail.com
Thu Nov 29 12:18:43 PST 2018


Joy - I read with dismay and sympathy your description of life at Michigan State during the past year. Your strength of character and focus on your professional goals is inspirational! I greatly applaud both your fight to complete your work and stand up for your reputation, and your willingness to share your experiences and reflections with such frankness. A second congratulations on your book, which is clearly already proving that you have important contributions to make to our field and many others and that you can do so even under extreme duress. Onward! -Julie


> On Nov 29, 2018, at 2:22 AM, James Sumner <james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk <mailto:james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk>> wrote:
> 
> Dear Joy
> 
> There's not much I can say that hasn't already been said well by others on this list, but I'd like to add my thanks to you for taking the decision to write and circulate this testimony, which to me was a sobering blend of the dispiritingly familiar and the truly shocking. It will be a real help in spreading awareness of how the people who do this operate and, I hope and believe, how they can be challenged. 
> 
> On a happier note, I'm now most of the way through reading A People's History, and when I'm done will straight away be passing it on to a new PhD student who's at the literature review stage of a planned project on the Internet in public culture: your revised narrative of the growth of networked computing is going to be decidedly useful. 
> 
> With all best wishes for the future,
> James
> 
> 
> On 28/11/2018 18:49, drjoy wrote:
>> 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://medium.com/@drjoy/why-im-firing-michigan-state-sexual-harassment-online-harassment-and-utter-institutional-6663a6bde68e>
>> 
>> SIGCIS as an organization did the right thing, and for that, I'm grateful.
>> Regards,
>> Joy 
>> 
>> 
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