Dr. Bryan Brazeau has recently published an essay on using the earthly paradise as a way of teaching the romance epics of Boiardo, Ariosto, Tasso, and Spenser.
An article by Dr. Bryan Brazeau has just been published in the journal The Italianist (based at Cambridge, Leeds, and Reading).
The Liberal Arts community was shocked and appalled at the abhorrent messages that came out last year, and as a department we wanted to engage meaningfully with the anger and concern expressed by so many staff and students over the past few weeks. We were particularly mindful that these conversations take a toll on all community-members, but especially on the survivors of harassment and assault. Our first commitment was to develop a response that acknowledged and supported the pain of these community-members.
Prof. Cathia Jenainati—in her capacity as Head of School—called a full meeting of staff and students on Monday, 4 February to discuss what the community response should be. We had a productive meeting and really appreciate the insightful comments made by our students. We have also consulted with your Student-Staff Liaison Committee, who have been eager to participate and have been involved at every stage of our discussions.
On the suggestion of our school’s students to craft a considered process, over the next week we will provide an anonymous online portal for all members of our community to share their thoughts in order to help us make a meaningful public statement and propose ideas for longer term institutional reflection and development. We will enact any department-level changes agreed with the student body, and we will bring any wider suggestions or needs to the University. Of course, we also want to look after our students here and now: please do get in touch with your personal tutor if there’s any support you might need.
Looking ahead, we want to play a central role in reshaping the regulations, policies, and culture of our institution. As the Head of Council has indicated, there will be a full review of University disciplinary procedure and we want our students to speak loudly and clearly as part of that process. But change comes through organization, and we want to have clear goals around which we can take collective action.
The behavior expressed in those group chats is antithetical to the values we hold as a department and will not—ever—be permitted. Not as a joke, not as “banter”, not at all. We look forward to working together to making sure that our values are not compromised by process or convenience.
Message sent on behalf of the staff and students of the Liberal Arts division of the School for Cross-Faculty Studies.