Pessin Archive

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  1. Chronology with Links
  2. Khandaker’s Facebook Comment on Accusations of Anti-Semitism, August 1, 2014
  3. Andrew Pessin’s Facebook Post during Operation Protective Edge, August 11, 2014
  4. Notes to Pessin’s Remarks on Charlie Hebdo Panel, January 22, 2015
  5. Pessin Email to Khandaker re: Remarks on Charlie Hebdo Panel, January 25
  6. Pessin Emails to Khandaker re: Facebook Post, February 19-20, 2015
  7. Pessin removes Facebook post in question in deference to Khandaker’s finding it offensive.
  8. Pessin Email to Sufia Uddin (GISP), February 22, 2015
  9. College Voice Attack, March 2, 2015: Letter #1, Lamiya Khandaker
  10. College Voice Attack, March 2, 2015: Letter #2, Michael Fratt and Katilyn Garbe
  11. College Voice Attack, March 2, 2015: Letter #3, Zachary Balomenos ’14
  12. Philosophy Department Faculty Emails, March 3-9
  13. President Bergeron email to Faculty: “Important Community Conversation,” March 4
  14. Pessin to Philosophy Majors and Minors, March 4
  15. Announcement of Establishment of Global Islamic Studies, March 4, 2015
  16. Khandaker’s Response to Criticism for her College Voice Letter, March 4
  17. Chair of Philosophy Department to Students and Faculty on Pessin Post, March 5
  18. Pessin’s Letter of Apology for Post, March 8, 2015
  19. Online Petition against Pessin, Posted March 18, 2015 (with signers’ comments)
  20. Supersessionist Poem Linked to in Hate-Mail to Pessin
  21. Hate-Mail Elicited by Petition (Sampling)
  22. President Bergeron’s Announcement of All-Campus Forum, March 20
  23. “Community Statements” in Chronological Order, March 24-April 26
  24. President Bergeron’ Opening Remarks at the March 25 community forum
  25. The Day: Students question administration’s response to professor’s Facebook post, March 25
  26. Student A Description of Open Forum: Email to Pessin, March 25
  27. SGA Resolutions CC 14-15 #21-22, March 26
  28. Student Email to Pessin Describes SGA Meeting of March 26
  29. Articles from the Outside Press about Pessin Affair, March 25 to May 28
  30. Desroches, Free Speech Limits and Racism Highlight Connecticut College Forum, March 27
  31. Racist Graffiti Found on Campus, March 29
  32. Office of Communications: Update on today’s all-campus meeting, March 30, 5:50 AM
  33. Faculty Dissent, John Gordon, March 30, 2015
  34. College Voice: Campus Forum Leaves Concerns Unaddressed, March 31
  35. College Voice: Students Take Concerns to President’s Door, March 31
  36. The Day: Students question administration’s response to professor’s Facebook post, March 31
  37. The Day Editorial: Connecticut College confronts hurtful and racist speech, March 31
  38. Faculty Dissent, Alex Hybel on the Coercive Atmosphere at ConnColl, March 31, 2015
  39. Faculty Dissent, Jeff Strabone, March 31, 2015
  40. Faculty Dissent, Perry Susskind, April 1, 2015
  41. Program of Deans of Equity and Inclusion at Connecticut College during the Pessin Affair, April 6-29
  42. Student email to Pessin, April 8
  43. Jewish Faculty/Hillel Exchange on Pessin Affair, April 10-30
  44. College Voice: Snapshots of a Community Social Movement: Two Months at Connecticut College, April 13
  45. The Day: Conn College professor’s Facebook post gets attention from Washington Post blog, April 13
  46. The Day: Conn College professor responds to reaction to Facebook post, April 14
  47. Column in College Voice: Saïd and Finkelstein Shed Light on Pessin Affair, April 15, 2015
  48. College Voice: Khandaker’s Take on her Role in the Controversy, April 15, 2015
  49. College Voice: Balomenos Apology to Pessin, April 16, 2015
  50. Letter from Richard Baehr to Sarah Cardwell, Assoc. Dean of Students, April 17
  51. Administration Responses to Outside Letters of Concern, April 20-May 28
  52. Letter from Alumna (’74) to Editor of The Day, May 2
  53. Spencer Pack to Faculty, May 3 with responses from Strabone and Boyd
  54. Farewell Remarks from Zuraw-Friedland, Editor of Connecticut College’s Newspaper, May 5, 2015
  55. Gopalan, On Reconciling with the Idea of SGA, May 5
  56. Beck, Pessin Affair Exposes ConnColl Anti-Semitism, January 20, 2016
  57. Beck, ConnColl Faculty Speak Out on Campus Anti-Semitism, March 4, 2016 



7 Responses to Pessin Archive

  1. […] those following this blog know, I’ve been uploading documents on the Pessin Affair, a remarkable and terrifying moment when Connecticut College became Salem on the […]

  2. […] of comparing all Palestinians to rabid dogs and calling for them to be “put down.” Pessin, they claimed, “directly condoned the extermination of a people. A member of our community has called for the […]

  3. […] of comparing all Palestinians to rabid dogs and calling for them to be “put down.” Pessin, they claimed, “directly condoned the extermination of a people. A member of our community has called for the […]

  4. […] In that spirit, let me engage in some public self-criticism. When the CIA first formed after World War II, they sought out the advice of medievalists because, they reasoned, medievalists were trained to reconstruct a situation from fragmentary evidence. I’m a medievalist, and normally I try and reconstruct events so far back in history that no one I’m talking about can contradict me, and only my medieval colleagues can gainsay me. But today I engage in the most perilous act of reconstructing events here at the college and standing before those of you who know far better than I what happened. I’ve done my best to assemble the documents, and have them up at my blog The Augean Stables. […]

  5. […] Philosophy Professor Andrew Pessin got driven from campus based on a malevolent reading of a Facebook post in which he depicted “the situation” in Gaza as one in which the Israelis had confined a […]

  6. […] from garnering the support of some very well respected colleagues at nearby universities, such as Richard Landes of Boston University, and successfully high-lighting the issue of anti-Jewish support for genocidal […]

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