E-mail sent by Prof. Tony Davies (then Head of English Dept., now retired) to Sue Blackwell

From L.A.Davies.ell@bham.ac.uk Mon Aug 05 09:28:44 2002
To: s.a.blackwell@bham
Subject: Fwd: Re: "A little generous prudence, a little forbearance of one another"

Sue -- I daresay there's more to this than I can see. You may want to respond yourself.


Date: Mon, 05 Aug 2002 09:27:00 +0100
To: "Bernard Spolsky"
From: Tony Davies
Subject: Re: "A little generous prudence, a little forbearance of one another"

Dear Professor Spolsky,

Thank you for your message. I'm very sorry, of course, that Sue Blackwell's actions have caused you dismay; but there is little I can do to relieve it. As you say, Ms Blackwell is acting conscientiously within the legally sanctioned limits of academic freedom afforded by the British university system. As her ex-head of department (I handed over to Professor Marcus Walsh at the end of last month) and colleague I might well make my own views known to her, but I should certainly not be so foolish as to try to impose them. The great majority of the profession we have both been privileged to serve understands the crucial distinction between individual and institutional judgement, and will not share your view that the action of one of its members has implications for the University as a whole.

With all good wishes,

Tony Davies

At 16:39 04/08/02 +0200, you wrote:

Dear Professor Davies

I write to you to express my shock and dismay at what I hope is the personal decision of your colleague Sue Blackwell to apply political criteria to an academic issue. Her boycott blackens the name of your institution, and I hope you will be able to explain to her the harm she is doing.

Bernard Spolsky

Bernard Spolsky E-mail: spolsb@mail.biu.ac.il
Emeritus Professor, Bar-Ilan University
Senior Associate, National Foreign Language Center, Washington DC

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