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Harvard forfalder

Berlingske Tidende skriver i dag, at Drew Gilpin Faust i dag ventes at blive udnævnt til den første kvindelige rektor nogensinde på Harvard. Artiklen er oversat fra New York Times og kan (måske derfor) ikke findes på berlingske.dk.

Man kan vælge at se dette som en feministisk, konstruktivistisk, politisk-korrekt take-over af et topuniversitet. Det gør man eksempelvis her. Man kan også vise sagen fra begge sider, som NYT gør, og altså medtage en kritisk vurdering af den nye rektor.

Berlingske udlægger det selvfølgelig ikke på hverken den ene eller den anden måde; avisen nævner hverken hendes politisk-faglige baggrund eller hendes (i nogles øjne) tvivlsomme lederevner. Interessant er det i den forbindelse at sammenligne den originale NYT-artikel med den forkortede udgave, der findes i dagens Berlingske Tidende. Følgende er klippet ud af Berlingskes version:

Dr. Faust emerged in recent weeks as a finalist among the candidates being considered by the university’s search committee, particularly after Thomas R. Cech, a biochemist who is the president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a Nobel Prize winner, took the unusual step of announcing publicly that he had withdrawn from the competition.

His withdrawal prompted some professors to raise last-minute concerns about Dr. Faust. While declining to speak on the record, they said they thought she lacked the toughness and vision to be a strong leader of an unruly and factionalized university and noted that the Radcliffe Institute, with about 80 staff members, is a tiny part of Harvard. Others wondered why it had taken nearly a year to choose someone who was already a Harvard dean.

“The real import of this choice is that it is a cautious pick, which seems targeted at healing the wounds of the Summers years and restoring Harvard’s momentum as quickly as possible,” said Richard Bradley, who wrote “Harvard Rules: The Struggle for the Soul of the World’s Most Powerful University” (HarperCollins, 2005).

Mr. Bradley said there were legitimate questions about Dr. Faust’s qualifications, like her lack of experience running a large university. “The fact that Harvard could not find someone who filled all their bases suggests to me the difficulty that Harvard had to fill the position,” he said.

Man kan selv spekulere, hvorfor disse segmenter ikke blev medtaget.

Konklusionen mht. det faglige på Harvard må vel være, at universitetet er på vej mod København Universitets-tilstande…

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February 11, 2007 - Posted by | Feminisme, Uddannelse, Undervisning, Universitet, Videnskab

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