Dumped Faculty Fight Back
Samuel S. Bowles, the most prominent of Harvard's "shafted" radical economists, mounted a Harvard podium Thursday night, maybe for the last time.
The Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst earlier this week recommended tenure for Bowles--but this did not stop him from getting in his last licks at his former employers.
Bowles and radical faculty members who also feared fond-farewells from their departments called the faculty hiring practices at Harvard politically biased.
"Radicals at Harvard are at variance with the system because they seek to serve those who suffer under advanced capitalism and not those who serve it," Bowles said.
Howard Zinn, radical political economist from Boston University, extended Bowles's allegations to the outside world. The Federal government uses "proper procedure" and "sophisticated ambiguities" to hide the real interests of those who govern, Zinn explained.
The 'real interests' are not always above board, spokesmen from the Anthropology, Sociology and Afro-American Studies Department said.
Shelton H. Davis, lecturer in Anthropology, described the 'witchcraft' practiced by a certain "savage and intriguing" tribe on the East Coast: namely, the Harvard Anthropology Department.
He revealed what he termed the gory details of prejudice and racism that he said plagued the Department since 1900. Davis, who was refused reappointment last December, attributed this decision to a certain "cultural crisis" between him and the Department's tribal chieftains.
Theda Skocpol, a graduate student in Sociology, and Wesley E. Profit '69, a tutor in Afro-American Studies, also committed their departments to the sick-ward.
Skocpol said the Sociology Department at Harvard is the least responsive to radical demands. Profit said his Department hardly has the luxury to worry about internal turnoil because it faces "complete extinction" by Harvard.