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Urgent: Protest Shakespearean Under Fire
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1102  Monday, 24 May 2004

[1]     From:   Charles C Whitney <
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        Date:   Friday, 21 May 2004 19:00:51 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Urgent: Protest Shakespearean Under Fire

[2]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Friday, 21 May 2004 11:59:47 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1094 Urgent: Protest Shakespearean Under Fire


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From:           Charles C Whitney <
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Date:           Friday, 21 May 2004 19:00:51 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Urgent: Protest Shakespearean Under Fire

My apologies to all--the message copied below concerning Prof. Oz was
supposed to replace the one posted today, Friday, on this list. It's
awkward but my email to Hardy requesting the substitution, I now find,
was not delivered by my server.  We (Profs. Grady and Neill and I)
decided to make the substitution because of correspondence I had
Thursday with Prof. Ben-Artzi of Haifa U., to whom I had earlier written
about this case in the same terms as Friday's posting.  It was clear
that two sentences together in particular were unproductive and
offensive to him, because they implied that his administration might not
protect faculty against government attack for their political
activities, which it has and does.  The difference below is not major,
but I also want to emphasize that our purpose is only with great
emphasis to support and to encourage support for a respected colleague
whose reassignment from his department would be a severe loss for the
study and teaching of Shakespeare.

Urgent: Protest Shakespearean Under Fire

We were shocked and dismayed to learn that Professor Avraham Oz faces
reassignment outside of the Theater Department at Haifa University, and
four colleagues in the department are to be fired or downgraded, for
inflated disciplinary reasons.  Prof. Oz's book on MV (_The Yoke of
Love_) and his collections of articles on Shakespeare and on Marlowe
have made valuable and unique contributions to the study of Renaissance
drama.  Under his direction or influence his Theatre Dept. has reached
out to involve an extraordinarily diverse range of local communities.
Avi Oz's insights continue to show the relevance of Shakespeare and of
theater to fundamental issues of contemporary society and experience,
including those related to his ongoing and courageous struggle for peace.

We demand that the administration of Haifa University retain Prof.  Oz
in his post in the Theatre Department.  Like donors to Israeli education
such as Daniel Barenboim (_Los Angeles Times_ May 14, 2004), we
recognize that Israel faces difficult challenges at the present moment
that have polarized opinion.  We hope that amid the present flux a
tradition of academic freedom will be cherished as a source of strength.

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Friday, 21 May 2004 11:59:47 -0400
Subject: 15.1094 Urgent: Protest Shakespearean Under Fire
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1094 Urgent: Protest Shakespearean Under Fire

It would not be surprising if this fellow were being persecuted by the
current regime for his political opposition.  But it would be helpful if
we were informed of the expressed grounds for the action against him.
"Inflated disciplinary reasons" suggests to me that there is some
justification for the action but, in the opinion of the writer, the
discipline is disproportionate to the offense.

What did he do?

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