Tuesday, January 29, 2008

To The Chronicle re: Indoctrinate U?


I’ve just sent the following email to Sherya Rao, news editor of Duke’s student newspaper The Chronicle.


Dear Editor Rao:

I appreciated the opportunity to speak with you today by phone.

I hope The Chronicle will report on tonight’s showing in Reynolds Auditorium of Indoctrinate U.

The Wall Street Journal called Indoctrinate U “riveting;” the London’s Daily Telegraph said “all of [us] should see” it.

Extracts of the WSJ and DT reviews are here along with extracts of other reviews.

IU’s director, Evan Coyne Maloney, considered by many one of America’s most outstanding filmmakers, will be in Reynolds tonight for a Q&A following the showing.

This link takes you to a site with biographical information on Maloney.

This sample of Maloney at work, “Columbia Quiz," a short, funny and revealing video is not to be missed.

IU’s major themes -- the lack of intellectual diversity at many colleges and universities and the consequences of that lack of diversity, including heinous and arbitrarily enforced speech codes along with procedural violations by school administrators of students rights – are matters of great interest to many Chronicle readers.

I think it would be a shame if The Chronicle failed to report on tonight’s showing. And failing to interview Maloney would certainly be a missed news opportunity.

Thank you for your attention to this request.


John in Carolina