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A letter sent by Dean Epps to Miss Katherine Moss, Vice President of Harvard-Radcliffe S.D.S., makes it clear that Harvard may use its disapproval of the campaign against Herrnstein as a reason for denying facilities for the S.D.S. National Convention against Racism. In our opinion, and, we feel sure, that of many other faculty members as well, such an action would be an ominous act of political repression, and one without precedent in Harvard's history, as far as we know. Nor do the other reasons mentioned in Dean Epp's letter (that students are still on campus the two days before Easter weekend, etc.) do anything to alleviate our anxiety. It is excellent that the student movement is beginning to concentrate on the issue of racism, and we feel that failure on the part of the Harvard administration to grant permission to have the S.D.S. Convention against Racism, March 30 through April 2, would be a further example of unresponsiveness on the question of racism, as well as a dangerous precedent in the direction of a new McCarthyism.
Eliott Selar, Florence Heller School Brandies
William Ryan, Dept. of Sociology Boston College
Howard Zinn, Dept. of Political Science Boston University
Larry Brown, Dept. of Sociology Boston State College
Elaine S. Fiorillo, Dept. of Sociology Boston State College
Warren Greely, Dept. of Economics Boston State College
Nancy J. Hafkin, Dept. of History Boston State College
Michael M. Hirsch, Dept. of Sociology Boston State College
Elinor Otlewski, Dept. of English Boston State College
Steven Rosenthal, Dept. of Sociology Boston State College
Elizabeth Useem, Dept. of Sociology Boston State College
Anthony Kroch, Dept. of Anthropology University of Connecticut
Richard Boyd, Dept. of Philosophy Harvard University
Steven Jay Gould, Dept. of Geology Harvard University
Hilary Putnam, Dept. of Philosophy Harvard University
Alan Tobin, Dept. of Biology Harvard University
Bert Shapiro, Dept. of Biology Harvard University
Michael Useem, Dept. of Social Relations Harvard University
David Wiggins, Dept. of Philosophy London University (visitor at Harvard)
Stephen Chorover, Dept. of Psychology M.I.T.
Mathew D. Edel, Dept. of Economics M.I.T.
Harold Freeman, Dept. of Economics M.I.T.
Kenneth Hale, Dept. of Linguistics M.I.T.
Douglas A. Hibbs, Dept. of Political Science M.I.T.
Paul Kiparsky, Dept. of Linguistics M.I.T.
David Levin, Dept. of Philosophy M.I.T.
G. Hubert Mathews, Dept. of Linguistics M.I.T. (These names were collected in less than twenty four hours. We intend to continue soliciting signatures.)
Richard Miller, Dept. of Philosophy M.I.T.
William Watson, Dept. of Humanities M.I.T.
Samuel Blank, Dept. of Mathematics, Northeastern University
Robert Cherry, Dept. of Economics Northeastern University
Michael Chairman, Dept. of Economics Northeastern University
John Frampton, Dept. of Mathematics Northeastern University
Michael Glaubman, Dept. of Physics Northeastern University
Helen Mahud, Dept. of Psychology Northeastern University
Stanley L. Spiegel, Dept. of Physics Northeastern University
Jack Stauder, Dept. of Anthropology Northeastern University
William Spector, Dept. of Economics Salem State College
Norman Daniels, Dept. of Philosophy Tufts University
Carolyn Magid, Dept. of Philosophy Wellesley College
Rutha Anna Putnam, Dept. of Philosophy Wellesley College
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