Friday, February 29, 2008

The Ivory Tower is the Assassin's Hiding Place

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*Native Feminism Without Apology!*

                  *February 25, 2008 
*Statement of University of Michigan Students and Faculty in Support of 
Andrea Smith's Tenure Case* 

On February 22nd, 2008, University of Michigan's College of Literature, 
Science and the Arts (LSA) issued a negative tenure recommendation for 
Assistant Professor Andrea Lee Smith. Jointly appointed in the Program in 
American Culture and the Department of Women's Studies, Dr. Smith's body of 
scholarship exemplifies scholarly excellence with widely circulated articles 
in peer-reviewed journals and numerous books in both university and 
independent presses including *Native Americans and the Christian 
Right *published 
this year by Duke University Press.  Dr. Smith is one of the greatest 
indigenous feminist intellectuals of our time. A nominee for the 2005 Nobel 
Peace Prize, Dr. Smith has an outstanding academic and community record of 
service that is internationally and nationally recognized. She is a 
dedicated professor and mentor and she is an integral member of the 
University of Michigan (UM) intellectual community. Her reputation and 
pedagogical practices draw undergraduate and graduate students from all over 
campus and the nation.

Dr. Smith received the news about her tenure case while participating in the 
United States' hearings before the Convention on the Elimination of Racial 
Discrimination at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Ironically, 
during those very same hearings, the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decisions that 
restricted affirmative action policies at UM specifically were cited as 
violations of international law. At the same time, there is an undeniable 
link between the Department of Women's Studies and LSA's current tenure 
recommendations and the long history of institutional restrictions against 
faculty of color. In 2008, students of color are coming together to protest 
the way UM's administration has fostered an environment wherein faculty of 
color are few and far between, Ethnic Studies course offerings have little 
financial and institutional support, and student services for students of 
color are decreasing each year.

*To Support Professor Andrea Smith: * The Provost must hear our 
responses!  Write 
letters in support of Andrea Smith's tenure case.  Address email letters to 
ALL of the following:

   - Teresa Sullivan, Provost and Executive VP for Academic Affairs, LSA, 
   - Lester Monts, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, LSA,> 
   - Mary Sue Coleman, President, 

Voice your ideas on the web forum at

*To Support Women of Color at Michigan and the Crisis of Women's Studies and 
Ethnic Studies: * Attend the student organized March 15th Conference at 
UM!!!! *Campus Lockdown: Women of Color Negotiating the Academic Industrial 
Complex* is free and open to the public.  Speakers include renowned 
activists and scholars Piya Chatterjee, Angela Davis, Rosa Linda Fregoso, 
Ruthie Gilmore, Fred Moten, Clarissa Rojas, and Haunani-Kay Trask.   For 
more information and to register, visit:

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