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Harvard asked to overturn gay expulsions of 1920

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  1. Fabular Films 28 Feb 2012, 7:00pm

    Starring Harvard undergraduates, PERKINS 28: Testimony from the Secret Court Files of 1920 was produced at Harvard University in 2008 to bring awareness about the charges made against the students, whose unfortunate disclosures have future underpinnings in Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. As an educational document of discrimination in the early 20th Century and based on actual court documents, the film reenacts the secret trial and the disciplinary actions taken by the administration against their “crimes.”

    http://www.youtube.com/PerkinsHall28

    1. Thanks for the link.

      Having seen all the clips, I agree that Harvard should grant posthumous degrees to the students who were unjustly expelled.

      Also, I hope that Abbot Lawrence Lowell – any relation to Amy Lawrence Lowell (February 9, 1874 – May 12, 1925)? – should be further exposed as a criminal and a self-important, bigoted upstart.

  2. Scott Lovely 29 Feb 2012, 12:07am

    So different to Brideshead Revisited, and the goings on in Cambridge UK

  3. I think a formal acknowledgment of the terrible policies of the past is fine, but I don’t see what the point of granting posthumous degrees to the expelled men is going to do – it’s not as though they’re going to benefit in any way, is it?

    1. Staircase2 29 Feb 2012, 4:22pm

      Its the closest they can do to repair the damage they caused (which is nothing in reality – ie ‘the very least they could/should do…’)

  4. GingerlyColors 29 Feb 2012, 8:55am

    92 years too late! I doubt if any of them are still alive and if they are, they will not benefit from any honoury degrees that may be bestowed upon them. But the symbolic factor is always important and I am glad that Harvard University are prepared to own up to the mistakes it made in the past although we cannot go round holding living people accountable for the crimes of their ancestors as that would only mean resentment being handed down the generations.

    1. Father Ted 29 Feb 2012, 3:11pm

      I don’t think it’s being done for the deceased, it’s being done for the living, I.e. us, and for the recognition by straight society that a grave injustice was done.

  5. Oprah Winfrey, spiritual leader Deepak Chopra and US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are expected to join Gaga for the launch today at 3 pm — Feb 29.

    If the secret court was only used once, I do wonder if a particular student was being targeted.

  6. Staircase2 29 Feb 2012, 4:21pm

    Too bloody right!

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