[Kathryn Babayan is Associate Professor of Iranian History & Culture, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan.] The following constitutes my. Babayan explores different genealogies of sexuality and questions some of the theoretical emphases and epistemic assumptions affecting current histories of. KATHRYN BABAYAN. Department of Near Eastern Studies. Thayer Bld. Ann Arbor, MI () fax () [email protected] .

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The rights of the speaker Professor Tanter to lecture on Thursday, November 30th, were not abused as has been claimed by him, AMI, and others.

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It was in fact the rights and personal security of dissenting audience members that were egregiously abused that evening. The standard of”undue interference” must not be invoked lightly, merely to avoid brief interruptions, or to remove distractions or embarrassment. AMI babagan the campus police on the protesters in the audience and, by force of arrest, silenced our voices, which are institutionally protected within the kahtryn community”spectrum of opinion.


Targeting the most vocal,”foreign-looking,” babaya obviously Middle Eastern protester, AMI Chair Josh Berman gave the word and signal to the campus officers to remove her. At that, one male officer lunged at her, grabbed her out of her seat next to mine, and tried to shove her out of the room. But because of the force behind the pull, she tripped, and fell onto the narrow aisle at my feet.

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The Officer threw his body onto her and thrust his knee into her shoulder, shouting”Get up! When a group of us pursued down the hallway the officers who had hauled away the female protester, we saw lying on the floor there, with a bloodied forehead, another protester. He had been removed from the event venue by officers, handcuffed, and kept on his back.

Despite the protests by demonstrator katryn physician Dr. Willkinson for medically humane treatment of the unconscious man, the male officer ignored her and defiantly repeated,”They are not coming off. In unquestioningly supporting the misactions and misdeeds of both the student organization and the campus police, and in concluding that”what happened” that evening justified their responses, and that, hence, these responses do not constitute abuse of power and negligence of obligations toward all participants, including protesters, Ms.


Brown has failed her institutional responsibility and duties.

The one beacon of light in the midst of this dark intolerance was one young man who did the right thing: Babayaan recognized that it behooved everyone to protect the rights of all participants ‘ to free expression, particularly when that expression is considered onerous. This young man rose as the sole conscientious citizen in that crowd and I salute him.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. Glimpses From the U. This response was first posted online elsewhere on Dec. This was the statement she submitted.

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