Faculty of Providence College demands apology to gay rights speaker John Corvino.

A couple weeks ago I wrote about how Providence College Provost Hugh Lena uninvited Dr. John Corvino from speaking at the school and embarrassed the college a little extra in the process.  It’s one thing when supporters of Corvino write to say you done goofed, but the faculty senate has actually passed a resolution denouncing Lena’s decision.

Here’s Corvino’s facebook status:

The Providence College Faculty Senate passed the following resolution yesterday afternoon, demanding that administration allow the original lecture (not debate) to go forward, and that they publicly apologize to me.
The vote was 32-2-0. Go Friars!
Faculty Senate Resolution
Senate Bill # 13-14/00/01
02 October 2013
Whereas, the Providence College Administration
cancelled an academic talk with no consultation with the organizer and used a non-existent college policy as justification;
publicly asserted that the organizing faculty member knowingly violated the non-existent policy;
publicly undermined the academic reputation of another faculty member without any consultation with said member as to her readiness to offer a response in the academic talk;
damaged the academic reputation of the college by portraying us as intolerant of our LBGTQQIAA students and unwilling to have an open discussion of these issues on campus;
by its actions have called into question academic freedom on this campus.
Resolved, the Faculty Senate demands the following:
that the PC Administration publicly retract their decision and restore the academic talk according to the best judgment of the organizer, Dr. Christopher Arroyo, and his sponsors;
that the PC Administration publicly apologize to Dr. Corvino;
that the Administration abide by the Faculty Handbook statement on academic freedom at Providence College;
that the Administration work to restore the academic reputation of Providence College and the reputations of Professors Christopher Arroyo and Dana Dillon.

Props to the faculty of Providence College.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • baal

    I suspect that when the college nixed John Corvino, it wasn’t the ‘college’ but rather one person with too much power and not enough consideration.

  • 23cal

    Love this.

  • http://bearlyatheist.wordpress.com/ Bear Millotts

    Can’t wait for Ben Stein to champion the academic freedom rights of John Corvino.

    Maybe Stein will do a documentary.


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