NYU Summary

pk versus NYU

2006 09 13

1. That NYU “never understood a word I said” is only a small over-statement. Or rather, if certain professors partly did understand a point, a Gestalt, some of the time, the English department, the university as a whole, never did. 
Papers were graded that hadn’t been read. 
Papers were graded that hadn’t been understood. 
Comments in class drew a big blank, or were interrupted: were in one case shouted down. 
My answers to questions asked were repeatedly interrupted. The testing was about as appropriate as those reported in the gospels of Pilat testing Jesus: there was an agenda: to misunderstand. Truth was never the goal. 
Pilat didn’t interview everyone the same. I’m not suggesting that my experience was typical. I can’t know, but I suspect, that it was because of the nature of my input: regularly anti-authoritarian. My doctoral thesis would have read Shakespeare’s Sonnets in terms of human experience being discrepant with enthroned orthodoxy. 


2. I didn’t see in 1964 that the substance of my Shakespeare thesis was properly acknowledged. 


3. Six, seven years later I still didn’t see that the substance of my Shakespeare thesis was properly acknowledged. 


4. Finally my orals committee simply interrupted me: repeatedly. 


5. Worst, I’ve seen no evidence in the decades since that NYU has gotten it since: or has any awareness of what it did.

AgainstHierarchy

About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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