Not sure if you have heard this news, but I thought it might be worth mentioning.
The ‘Dean of Students’ at Hope College, Richard Frost, banned the “Milk” Academy Award-Winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black from speaking to a screenwriting class because according to Frost, “from past experience, strongly-opinionated speakers usually don’t further academic discussions about gay, lesbian or transgender issues.”
So who is going to talk about these issues? Mousy, evangelical Christians?
In response to Dean Frost’s selfish, politically motivated banning, I wrote the following letter to him, and CC’ed the President of the College, as well as a man named Mr. Wolternik, whose title is “V.P. of College Advancement” in hopes that his authority and background in ‘advancing colleges’ would help keep Mr. Frost from making mistakes like these again.
If you would like to contact Richard Frost and let him know how you feel, his e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org If you feel so inclined to call his office, his number is 616-395-7800.
Here’s the letter:
Let me make this short and to the point. You banning an Academy Award winning screenwriter from a screenwriting class because of your personal, selfish views on one of the most pressing and engaging social issues of our time is not only sad, but is reason to call upon your resignation from the position of Dean of Students. You seem to be making careless decisions based on your old-fashioned, ignorant ideals and not Hope College students’ educations or their futures.
As a student at West Virginia University, I would be appalled if my Dean banned an industry expert to speak in my class, and frankly, you should be embarrassed by your decision. Thankfully, though, you are not my Dean.
I’ve CC’ed various members of the Hope College Administrative Council, including Mr. Scott Wolterink, the V.P. of College Advancement, who I hope will use his authority in “college advancement” to outline some of your mistakes with this decision.
Hopefully, in the future your mistakes and personal political agenda will not jeopardize the education or career opportunities of the student body at Hope College, as they have recently.
John N. Thrasher, V