Shaun Harper: Institutional Considerations on Expression, Rights, and Race

Harper has done work on a variety of topics on race and higher education, including athletics. Scholar page here, more on talk here. This talk was organized by the English Dept’s Avinnash Tiwari.

Shaun Harper – UO African American Workshop and Lecture Series

Monday, May 14
Public Lecture: Institutional Considerations on Expression, Rights, and Race
Giustina Ballroom, Ford Alumni Center
4:30 pm

Teach-In: Institutional Considerations on Expression, Rights, and Race in the Classroom, for faculty and students with limited space.
Lease Crutcher Lewis Room, EMU
Monday, May 14, Noon – 1:30pm

On behalf of the ENG Diversity Committee and in collaboration with the Division of Equity and Inclusion, we’d like to invite you to join us for two events on 14 May with Shaun R. Harper.

Dr. Harper is the Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He also is the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, founder and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center, and immediate past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Senate to meet Wed on learning, multicultural, teaching, diff tuition



Location: EMU 145 & 146 (Crater Lake Rooms)
3:00 – 5:00 P.M.

3:00 P.M.   Call to Order

  • Introductory Remarks; Senate President Chris Sinclair
  • Update from Johnson Hall

3:20 P.M. Approval of Minutes, April 25, 2018

3:35 P.M.   Business

4:50 P.M.   Open Discussion
4:50 P.M.   Reports
4:55 P.M.   Notice(s) of Motion
4:55 P.M.   Other Business
5:00 P.M.   Adjourn

UO Foundation submits permit to demolish Hayward Field

I’m still not sure why the UO Foundation didn’t just hire the kids who burnt down Civic. Maybe former Chief Compliance Office Erika Funk – already mostly erased from their website – raised some objections. In any case the city has apparently already approved accepted the demo permit as ready to review, here:

So it won’t be long before we’ve all got this giant dildo to look at:

Today: Dana Altman to introduce Harry Edwards at sports and free speech event

4PM today at the Alumni Center. The panelists will include former journalism dean and noted transparency opponent Tim Gleason – currently making ~$100K a year off the unpaid labor of UO’s student-athletes as UO’s NCAA “Faculty” Athletics Representative – and Prof Curtis Austin (History).

Austin was the most interesting speaker at Pres Schill’s denaming town hall last quarter, so I’m hoping someone will attend this and send a report – I’ve got a conflict of commitment.

Around the O has the story here:

On May 8, the Lundquist College of Business’ Warsaw Sports Marketing Center and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will host a day of discussion and dialogue around the history and legacy of activism in sports, the effects of activism on the business ecosystem around sport, and the way athletes today view their opportunities and responsibilities.

Activism within sport remains a lightning rod for controversy due to its high-profile nature. Topics ranging from the Black Lives Matter movement to National Anthem protests, gender-inclusive restrooms and silenced sexual violence have dominated the headlines this past year.

Harry Edwards — the architect of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, which led to the Black Power salute protest by two African-American athletes at the 1968 Summer Olympics — will deliver the keynote address in the Ford Alumni Center’s Giustina Ballroom at 4 p.m.

Edwards is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. The New York Times has said of Edwards that “no other single figure in sports has done as much to make the country aware that the problems of the larger culture are recapitulated in sports.”

Just kidding about Dana Altman though. His position on free speech by unpaid student-athletes is well known, and in complete opposition to Prof Edwards’s life work:

12/10/2014: Coach Dana Altman thinks National Anthem is the wrong time to protest racism

As the Oregonian explains, our fool of a basketball coach thinks he owns those players. They shouldn’t protest when he’s trying to collect his $2M paycheck, off their free labor. Fortunately we’ve still got people who hear someone sing “O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave” and actually understand what it means.

Want to ask the players what they think? No. Duck AD Rob Mullens and his PR guy Craig Pintens have a rule about players talking to reporters without permission, and “Benjamin and Bell have not been made available to comment.”

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Senate voting closes noon Friday

Dear Campus Community,
If you have not yet voted for your representatives on the University Senate or elected university committees, please take a few minutes to do so. Voting closes at noon on Friday, May 11.
We know there is a lot going on, but this election is important to shared governance at the UO. It will only take a few minutes and is very easy. Simply log into Duckweb and select “University Elections” on the main menu to make your selections by noon on Friday.
The system is set up so that you can only vote for positions/candidates within your respective constituency group. If you’d like to see a full list of candidates and all open positions, you can do so on the 2018 Election page of the Senate’s website.
If you have any questions about the election, please contact the statutory faculty coordinator, Angela Wilhelms, at or the Senate’s executive coordinator, Betina Lynn, at
Chris Sinclair
University Senate President
Professor of Mathematics
Bill Harbaugh
University Senate VP and President-Elect
Professor of Economics

Library committee starts contest for art to counter insipid, racist mission statement

5/7/2018 update: Because the best response to speech you hate is more speech. The Daily Emerald has the story here. The website for the contest is here:

The University of Oregon Libraries invites UO students to participate in a juried art exhibition that will showcase creative expressions of the culture we aspire to have.

Deadline to submit work: August 10, 2018

The exhibit will take place in Knight Library, October 15, 2018 – March 15, 2019.

This exhibit is part of the continuing dialogue of how we can strive for an inclusive environment while preserving evidence of a past which speaks to the contrary. Art can be a powerful force for empowerment and change.

For this exhibit, we are seeking original works of art that express an inclusive, respectful culture that counters the world view depicted in the Knight Library murals. We invite participants to contribute works of art that reflect on issues of identity, gender and race equality, age, sexual orientation, ability, social justice, and privilege. …

What a great idea. $1350 in prize money.

12/7/2017: Students want to remove insipid, racist UO Mission Statement from library wall

The Daily Emerald has the story here:

The petition is here. It focuses on the part about “… conservation and betterment … of our racial heritage…”, which at the time was the language of eugenics, racist immigration policies, and forced sterilization –  the death camps came soon after. Personally, I’m in favor of leaving the thing up as a warning to our students and the future, but only after giving UO’s History and English faculty a crack at it with a ladder and a fat red marker. Here’s my attempt:

Update: More about the history of Sociology at UO, none of it unkind to Prof Young, here.

Eager frat boys jump on First Amendment right to make fools of themselves

I’m thinking this is not quite what Pres Schill had in mind when he spent ~$100K on lectures to promote free speech. The Daily Emerald’s Ryan Nguyen and Michael Tobin have the report here:

The University of Oregon Phi Kappa Psi chapter has been temporarily suspended after a defamatory document printed with the fraternity’s name and the names of many of its members’ surfaced.

The 32-page document, which the Emerald obtained on Sunday, contains a list of the names of UO Phi Kappa Psi members followed by questions for each member. The questions contain anti-gay slurs, rape jokes, references to illegal drug use and derogatory language directed at women. The front page is labeled “Brothers of Phi Kappa Psi.” …

UO’s investigation will include interviews with a random sample of new and current fraternity members, said assistant Dean of Students Marcus Langford. Using that information, a third-party investigator and the university will determine whether the chapter violated the UO Student Conduct Code.

The Emerald story includes a link to the document, albeit with the names redacted. Some excerpts:

  • “I hear you’re a Patriots fan, Are you actually from New England or are you just a fag?”
  • “Do you fuck 2s every weekend to convince yourself that you’re not gay?”
  • “what’s up faggot? Who have you gotten more nuts from this year, twitter sluts or your girlfriend?”
  • “Does a girl run your snapchat account or are you really that gay?”
  • “What’s it like to lose your girl to a bisexual male cheerleader?”
  • “Did [redacted] actually rape you or are you too embarrassed to admit that you willingly fucked her?”
  • “Do you enjoy banging 3s or are you just too blind to tell that they’re beat?”
  • “How many times have you had to expand your tinder radius to find a new whore to fuck?”
  • “Can i have your sisters phone number? She’s just so fucking hot. How do you think she’d look on my dorm bed?”
  • Do you get blacked out so often so the the 4’s you hook up with seem hotter?
  • “How many schools have you shot up?”
  • “How many copies of Mein Kampf do you own?”
  • “What’s higher, your grade point average or the points of molly you take at parties?”
  • “Can you go one week without doing something utterly retarded?”
  • “Who’s a softer pledge master, you or [name redacted]?”

All evidence for a powerful but sometimes unappreciated argument for campus free speech – it helps people understand just what they’re up against.

VP for Communication Kyle Henley still uncommunicative on “brand awareness” contract


Subject: Public Records Request 2018-PRR-370
Date: May 8, 2018 at 4:25:54 PM PDT


Dear Mr. Harbaugh:

Records responsive to your request, made 5/2/2018, for “copies of any proposals submitted to RFQ for Brand Awareness Study…” are exempt under 192.355(9), as an award has not yet been made. As such, the University does not possess any records responsive to your request for “…any ensuing contract”.

You may seek review of the public body’s determination pursuant to ORS 192.411, 192.415, 192.418, 192.422, 192.427 and 192.431.

The office considers this to be fully responsive to your request, and will now close your matter. Thank you for contacting the office with your request.


Office of Public Records
6207 University of Oregon | Eugene, OR 97403-6207
(541) 346-6823 |

5/3/2018 update: More than a month now. Maybe another public records request will shake something loose from Henley:

Begin forwarded message:
From: Bill Harbaugh <>
Subject: PR request attempt #2 for Brand Awareness Study proposals and contract
Date: May 2, 2018 at 8:26:07 AM PDT
To: Lisa Thornton <>
Cc: Kyle Henley <>,

Dear Ms Thornton –

This is a public records request for copies of any proposals submitted in response to
RFQ for Brand Awareness Study
University Communications, University Communications > Digital Communications, and Purchasing & Contracting Services
PCS# 520200-00134-RFQ
Which closed on Dec 22 2017.
And any ensuing contract.
I will post these on the internet at a site frequently visited by journalists and others interested in UO matters, and I ask for a fee waiver on the basis of public interest.
I’m ccing VP for Comm Kyle Henley, as he should have these documents readily at hand and is well compensated for helping UO communicate with the public.

Bill Harbaugh

4/24/2018 update:

Dear Mr. Harbaugh:

The University has searched for, but was unable to locate, records responsive to your request. The office has been informed that this RFP is in progress but has not yet been awarded.

The office considers this to be fully responsive to your request, and will now close your matter. Thank you for contacting the office with your request.


Office of Public Records

Huh? “unable to locate” proposals?

20 21 22 23 24 25 days and counting for a response from Mr. Henley to this public records request:

Requester: Harbaugh, Bill
Organization:  Private
Initial Request Date: 03/30/2018
Status:  Requesting/Reviewing Records

This is a public records request for copies of any proposals submitted in response to RFQ for Brand Awareness Study – University Communications, University Communications > Digital Communications, Purchasing & Contracting Services PCS #520200-00134-RFQ which closed on Dec 22 2017.

I will post these on the internet at a site frequently visited by journalists and others interested in UO matters, and I ask for a fee waiver on the basis of public interest. I’m ccing VP for Comm Kyle Henley, as he should have these documents readily at hand, and is well compensated for helping UO communicate with the public.

Request ID: 2018-PRR-344

What’s this about? Henley needs to show the Board and President Schill that all the money he has spent on branding and communications – money which could have been spent on teaching, research, and scholarships for our students – has increased “brand awareness”:

Given UO’s falling enrollment numbers and the unremarkable google trends data for UO’s brand under Henley’s watch, this will be a difficult task. Presumably the winning brand consultants will be well paid for some creative spin that makes this look good:




Grad School’s Three-Minute Thesis competition is back! May 11

I’m a little bitter I didn’t get invited to be a judge this year, but I’m going to take the high road and post this announcement anyway:

All are invited to come to the UO Graduate School’s Graduate Student Research Forum on Friday, May 11 in and around the EMU Ballroom, between 10 am and 4 pm.

The Forum is FULL of fabulous grad student research presentations (posters, symposia, and “3-Minute Thesis” micro talks). Three Minute Thesis preliminary rounds are 10-11:30 with the hotly contested finals at 2:00. The poster session runs from 12-2, and includes a sandwich lunch for those in attendance. Symposia happen from 10-11; 11:15-12:15; and 12:45-1:45.

This year, instead of a paper program, all the details about who is presenting when can be found by downloading a program app here. Use your UO email address when signing up with the event invitation code usrhl. The link to the app can also be found on the Grad Forum webpage:

How big-time sports corrupts academic freedom

This WSJ op-ed is about UNC, not UO:

It would be hard to imagine a more demoralizing example of the tail wagging the dog. UNC is a “public ivy.” Its faculty win Nobel, Pulitzer and Guggenheim awards. Since 1987, UNC ranks first among public universities in competitions for Rhodes scholarships. Chapel Hill is not the typical football factory. Yet UNC’s leaders were willing to carry water for the athletic department—even in the wake of an enormous athletic scandal. They were also willing to limit what their students could learn, threaten the academic freedom of a tenured professor, use intimidation tactics against a distinguished department, and risk the reputation of the university.

Duck basketball coaches are obsessed with their Nike Elite accounts

PDF’s below, in response to a request for docs sent in response to this NYT request, which was apparently aimed at docs involving the federal investigation of NCAA basketball:

Dear Professor Harbaugh:

Below are links to the records requested on 4/27/2018. These links will remain active for a period of five (5) business days, expiring at the close of business on Friday, May 4, 2018.

Altman Docs@nike_Combined:


McKenna Docs @nike_Combined:

Stubblefield Docs @nike_Combined:


Records released for 2018-PRR-101

MBB email text_Combined:

Please note that some of the information contained in these records is exempt under ORS 192.345(2) (“personal privacy”) and ORS 192.345(8) (“federal law exemption”). This office considers these documents to be fully responsive to your request and will now close this matter.

Thank you for contacting this office with this request.


Office of Public Records

6207 University of Oregon | Eugene, OR 97403-6207

(541) 346-6823 |

Tear down Hayward Field – a monument to dead white males

Ken Goe of the Oregonian has an interesting piece on the arguments the teardown supporters are trying to get traction with, here:

“Hayward Field is a special place, but let’s not get too precious about a stadium. We need to ask ourselves, which history exactly are we clinging so tightly to? If we’re being honest, it’s primarily a history of white distance-runner dudes, a single story of track and field anchored by [Steve] Prefontaine and Bowerman—characters who can do no wrong after death, who only get larger with time and marketing dollars.”

Dept of Ed’s OCR investigates UO for discrimination in its response to sexual assault allegation

Around the O has the news:

The University of Oregon is in receipt of a notice of investigation from the Office for Civil Rights.

The university issued the following statement in response to the matter:

The University of Oregon has been notified by the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education that an investigation is being undertaken in response to a complaint from a former student who was a respondent in the campus’ Title IX processes.  The complaint alleges that UO’s processes discriminated against the student on the basis of sex.

In its notification letter, OCR states that, “OCR’s decision to open an investigation does not reflect an opinion by OCR regarding the merits of the allegation or the university’s compliance status with respect to federal civil rights laws.”

The University is deeply committed to maintaining a campus free from discrimination and harassment. Not only will we cooperate fully with the review, we will work with OCR to demonstrate our commitment to a fair, compliant and effective Title IX program. We are proud to have developed policies, procedures and practices that provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of such complaints.

During the course of the OCR inquiry, the university will not be able to share any additional information.

Perhaps this relates to the 2016 case of a male UO student who sued several UO administrators after they suspended him for a year for allegedly engaging in unwanted sexual contact with a female student. That (federal court) docket is here: The (amended) complaint:


An earlier post about this case is at

“We have taken great care to engage important stakeholders in the development of the plans,” Klinger says.

Just in case any UO students, faculty, community members, the UO Senate, ASUO, the Eugene City Council, the Mayor, the Campus Planning Committee, or most longtime Eugene track and field fans had any illusions about what JH and the UO Foundation think of their importance.

More in Meerah Powell’s Eugene Weekly story here:

… The demolition of Hayward Field’s East Grandstand was proposed to make room for a new stadium to house the 2021 World Outdoor Track and Field Championships — the same event under investigation by the Department of Justice for possible racketeering, money laundering and fraud charges, according to The New York Times.

There has been no update on the investigation since late January, when the NYT reported that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had been of particular interest to the Department of Justice after awarding the championships to Eugene with no bidding process. …