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Weiss Update

Wall Street Journal   Fri. Mar 20, 2015  p.A13

Notable and Quotable
   Dan Weiss, the new president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, comments on the withdrawal of Robert Birgenau (former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley) as Haverford College's commencement speaker in 2014, when Weiss was president of Haverford.  He was interviewed by Lee Rosenbaum for artsjournal.com, March 17:

Rosenbaum:  What's your take on what happened with the commencement and how might you do things differently, if you had it to do all over again?
Weiss:  In the case of the Birgenau matter, what troubled me the most from the outset was that, although there were legitimate reasons [a clash between students and police that turned violent] to find the candidacy of Robert Birgenau objectionable, we have a process for vetting all candidates.  They [the selection committee, composed of students, faculty, staff, and board members] all knew these things about Birgenau and felt he was worthy.  So when the issue was raised, it was, in part, a question of: To what extent do we respect what shared governance means?  We delegated that responsibility to colleagues who made this recommendation.  Two students came to me and said, "We don't like this guy."  I said, "Why don't you write a respectful letter to him, raising your concerns and inviting him to a substantive discussion on these issues?"  They wrote a letter that was, in my view, completely inconsistent with the values of our institution...I shared it with Dr. Birgenau, as I gave my word I would do, and he bailed.  The opportunity for a shared learning experience was lost.
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Upset over Birgenau's leadership during 2011 incident when police used force upon students protesting colleges costs.
SixtyEighter

The incident complained of involved loosing  police on students who were peacefully protesting an enormous increase in tuition at California state schools. California had a tradition of free college which has fallen by the wayside. The police went wild and literally washed down the protesters with pepper spray many believe without provocation or justification.
seenalot

Personally don't give an RA about either Dan W or Art R - discussing them here gives them more credit than either are due.  Neither rate being the night watchman at a Museum as far as I am concerned, but hey I detest both for their arrogance and what they did to a school I care about, so I may be jaded.....
NewXbo

seenalot wrote:
Personally don't give an RA about either Dan W or Art R - discussing them here gives them more credit than either are due.  Neither rate being the night watchman at a Museum as far as I am concerned, but hey I detest both for their arrogance and what they did to a school I care about, so I may be jaded.....



SPOT ON!
Lafalum

NewXbo wrote:
seenalot wrote:
Personally don't give an RA about either Dan W or Art R - discussing them here gives them more credit than either are due.  Neither rate being the night watchman at a Museum as far as I am concerned, but hey I detest both for their arrogance and what they did to a school I care about, so I may be jaded.....



SPOT ON!


Amen
BackintheDay

as usual, Dan takes not responsibility for his part in the problem.  What is not said in the interview is that Waldo did not review what the substitute speaker from Princeton planned to say.  Bowen ripped the students, which elevated the situation and put Weiss in the middle of the trouble.  he tried to mitigate with a carefully worded letter to the editor, which only furthered his reputation as spineless.
seenalot

Reminds me of another president....
Lafalum

seenalot wrote:
Reminds me of another president....


Maybe there is culture that emanates from the BOT that hires these martinets.
bethlehempard

The truth is, these pseudo-controversies over graduation speakers are just tempests in teapots. Regardless of how the speaker's views align with my politics. Too much time on students' hands leads to pseudo-outrage.
If the speaker isn't a convict who cares? I can only think of one such case.
Lafalum

Didn't Mumia Jamel who killed the policeman and is prison address  a college several years ago remotely from his cell??
bethlehempard

Yes. He recorded it for Goddard College, which he attended. It's an odd little place with about two dozen graduations annually for different degrees. I think there were 20 graduates present for the murderer's address.
Now that is something to protest. It's the rare exception.
Bill Bradley spoke at mine at Lafayette. Bill Cosby spoke at my second (I didn't attend) and I have no idea who spoke at my third. didnt attend again. Graduations are boring.
There were protestors at last spring's Lafayette graduation but I didn't see them.
BackintheDay

And now back to our regularly scheduled program - the latest on Dan Weiss and his job hopping.  Now that he has found his dream job "out of the blue"  (I think he has a head hunter on retainer), what's the over/under on how long he lasts at the Met before upsetting the apple cart there?   Anyone?
bethlehempard

Weiss will run the place but a prominent fundraiser will direct that effort. Presumably that person will report to Weiss. Maybe to a board committee.
Weiss has reached the summit. This beats being an Ivy president. At least if most Ivies.
Bogus Megapardus

bethlehempard wrote:
Weiss has reached the summit. This beats being an Ivy president.


Yep.  Now Dan gets to hob-nob with the biggest and bestest nob-hobblers out there.  Ivy royalty (and a cornucopia of the considerably less-worthy) will prostrate before him, obsequiously nodding at Dan's every utterance.  Fraternity members will be denied access to the Met for eternity and all works of art depicting athletic contests will be removed from its pedestals and hallowed walls, secure from the tender eyes of patrons who might experience a "triggering" PTSD episode thereby.  Tours will be arranged strictly by (approved) "interest group" and all of the tough decisions will be made on a "go to the press first, ask questions later" basis.

Yes, it's good the be the King . . .
seenalot

As my civil engineering friends tell me - shit eventually finds its own level.  Patiently waiting.
BackintheDay

Dan has been swimming since 2005.

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