Hot on the heels of an NROTC professor endorsement, a number of faculty members have signed the following statement of opposition to NROTC on campus. In fact, this petition is something of a direct response to the pro-NROTC side’s statements: “In contrast to those who have expressed support for ROTC based on hypothetical conditions, we recognize that any position on ROTC must be grounded in the present. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is official policy and exceptions cannot be negotiated,” it reads.
Some of Columbia’s biggest names have signed on, including Eric Foner, Dennis Dalton, Victoria de Grazia, and Michael Taussig, among others.
The ad will be published in tomorrow’s Spectator — there’s a screenshot of the PDF, above. There’s also a concurrent online petition that was made available for faculty to sign this morning.
Full text of the statement after the jump.
We, the undersigned, stand strongly opposed to the introduction of ROTC on Columbia’s campus. In contrast to those who have expressed support for ROTC based on hypothetical conditions, we recognize that any position on ROTC must be grounded in the present. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is official policy and exceptions cannot be negotiated. While the extent of our opposition varies, we all agree that at this time ROTC has no place on our campus.
Victoria de Grazia (History)
Karen Seeley (Anthropology)
Michael Taussig (Anthropology)
Elizabeth Bernstein (Women’s Studies and Sociology, Barnard)
Eric Foner (History)
Neni Panourgia (Anthropology)
Mary Marsh Zulack (Law School)
Mahmood Mamdani (Anthropology)
Lila Abu-Lughod (Anthropology and Gender Studies)
Katherine Franke (Law School)
John Pemberton (Anthropology)
Elizabeth Povinelli (Anthropology and Gender Studies)
David Rosner (History and School of Public Health)
Rosalind Morris (Anthropology)
Suzanne Goldberg (Law School)
Carole S. Vance (Anthropology and School of Public Health)
Hamid Dabashi (MEALAC)
Dennis Dalton (Political Science, Barnard)
Gil Anidjar (MEALAC and Religion)
Ellen Chapnick (Law School)
Nan Rothschild (Anthropology)
Natalie Kampen (Women’s Studies, Barnard)
Gary Okihiro (International and Public Affairs)
Julie Crawford (English and Comparative Literature)
Jamal Greene (Law School)
Brinkley Messick (Anthropology)
Jeffrey Fagan (Law School, Former University Senator)
Wendy Chavkin (School of Public Health)
Matthew Miller (Germanic Languages)
Eben Moglen (Law School)
Diane di Mauro (School of Public Health)
Neferti X. M. Tadiar (Women’s Studies, Barnard)
Paige West (Anthropology, Barnard)
Peter H. Juviler (Professor Emeritus and Special Lecturer)