Seo-Young Chu M.A. ’01, a survivor of sexual abuse by deceased English professor Jay Fliegelman Ph.D ’77 during her time as a graduate student, returned to campus to meet with General Counsel Debra Zumwalt to request that the University contribute $1 million to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Stanford denied Chu’s request. However, both Zumwalt and Provost Persis Drell have since offered to make personal donations to RAINN. Chu requested that they donate in honor of “every victim and every survivor.”
Dear Alex Woloch, We are writing as the literary friends, colleagues and readers of Seo-Young Chu to convey our hopes that Stanford — and, particularly, the English Department — will lead the way toward a more open conversation about sexual harassment in academia. We write as your colleagues, too, trusting that you share our commitment…
This year, the English Department is branching out to include a wider variety of English core classes and a new undergraduate Minor in Digital Humanities. The department made these changes in the hopes of enabling students to focus on more specific topics in a more specialized context.
The humanities are highly relevant to all of us because they foster a community of engaged citizenship and thoughtful reflection—values at the core of Stanford’s mission in providing us with a “liberal education.”