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Monday, April 02, 2007

Kafkaesque memo from anti-protester John van Cleve

The following Kafkaesque announcement appears on this morning. (See below.)

The Gallaudet University Press Institute falls under the purview of John van Cleve, who, as the Executive Director of Gallaudet University Press, was involved in facilitating Jordan's upcoming keynote speech scheduled to take place at Gallaudet on April 12, 2007. Van Cleve reports to Vice President Paul Kelly.

John van Cleve acted as a major force of political oppression against Unity for Gallaudet protesters last year.

Last year, Jordan manipulated the Board of Trustees into naming an art gallery on campus after his wife, in violation of all extant policies:

From Gallaudet's official Naming and Recognition policy:


5. When an individual has served the University in an academic or important administrative capacity, or has served nation in an elected or appointed position, a proposal may be made for naming in honor of the individual on the earlier of the following:

a. Two years after retirement or other separation from the University or from elected or appointed office; or

b. Two years after the person’s death, if the person had not yet retired or otherwise separated from the University.


Here is today's Kafkaesque memo:

Daily Digest
'150 Years on Kendall Green' exhibition celebrates Gallaudet's heritage
The Linda K. Jordan Gallery presents:

"150 Years on Kendall Green"A special exhibition celebrating Gallaudet's rich heritage

April 9 to October 20

Gallery hours:
Monday - Friday10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Opening reception:
April 9
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Gallery talk at noon by

Michael Moore and Andre Pellerin

Reception sponsored by the Gallaudet University Press Institute

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am familar with Franz Kafka and his work espectially 'The Trial.' Not sure how this issue applies to his work. Please expand.

April 2, 2007 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Gallaudet Protest Legal Issues said...

ANSWER to *ist's question:

"Kafkaesque" can have the meaning: "Intentional distortion of reality by powerful but anonymous bureaucrats." (See Kafkaesque in Wikipedia.)

It also carries a connotation of a surreal quality. In other words, by exploiting his position as an administrator at Gallaudet, and taking advantage of his relative anonymity, John van Cleve is creating this surreal and distorted sense on campus that somehow it's OK to hold an exhibition at the art gallery that Jordan named after his wife.

It's not OK, and it *is* truly surreal that van Cleve, in spite of the tremendous success of the Unity for Gallaudet protest and the political mandate made known thereby, would think that he could get away with such a naked political power play.

This is not the proper way to rehabilitate Jordan. Jordan should have never been allowed to invite himself to give a faux-keynote address the upcoming conference on April 12, 2007. To do so is to spit in the collective face of the North American deaf community and to make a mockery out of everything that Gallaudet University stands for.

Dr. Davila, apparently, is letting van Cleve maneuver behind the scenes, because he has bigger fish to fry.

If Jordan wants to rehabilitate his image, he should apologize to the Gallaudet Community, ask that his name and his wife's name be removed from all Gallaudet buildings, galleries, scholarships, etc., keep a low profile for about five years and then start to act like he understands that Gallaudet University belongs to the deaf community.

April 2, 2007 at 11:37 PM  

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