Campus politics

Yale professor who set off racial debate on campus will resign

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A photo of Christakis from her Facebook page. (Facebook/Erika Christakis)

The Yale professor who launched weeks of debates on campus after suggesting that students should be able to wear Halloween costumes, even if they were culturally insensitive or offensive, has resigned from teaching at the university, effective this spring. Erika Christakis was at the center of the conversations over race and sensitivity on campus after she sent an email to students in October asking if there was “no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious, a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?” She wrote her email in response to one from the University’s Intercultural Affairs Committee asking students not to dress in blackface or appropriate or misrepresent other cultures.

Christakis, an early childhood education instructor, made a “voluntary decision not to teach in the future,” according to a statement from Yale. The administration said in the statement it hoped she would reconsider.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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