The watch list includes two academics from Notre Dame. One is philosophy professor Gary Gutting, who is on the list, according to the watch list website, because he wrote that the country’s “permissive gun laws are a manifestation of racism.” That came from a 2015 analysis about gun laws that Gutting wrote for the New York Times. The other is Iris Outlaw, director of Multicultural Student Programs and Services at the Catholic university. She is on the list, the website says, because she “taught a ‘white privilege’ seminar that pledged to help students acknowledge and understand their white privilege.”
The Notre Dame faculty members who signed the open letter said the people now on the list are, actually, “the sort of company we wish to keep.”
Here’s the brief letter in full. It was also published on the website of the Observer, the student newspaper at Notre Dame.
Dear Professor Watchlist,We, the undersigned faculty at the University of Notre Dame, write to request that you place our names, all of them, on Professor Watchlist.We make this request because we note that you currently list on your site several of our colleagues, such as Professor Gary Gutting, whose work is distinguished by its commitment to reasoned, fact-based civil discourse examining questions of tolerance, equality, and justice. We further note that nearly all faculty colleagues at other institutions listed on your site, the philosophers, historians, theologians, ethicists, feminists, rhetoricians, and others, have similarly devoted their professional lives to the unyielding pursuit of truth, to the critical examination of assumptions that underlie social and political policy, and to honoring this country’s commitments to the premise that all people are created equal and deserving of respect.This is the sort of company we wish to keep.We surmise that the purpose of your list is to shame and silence faculty who espouse ideas you reject. But your list has had a different effect upon us. We are coming forward to stand with the professors you have called “dangerous,” reaffirming our values and recommitting ourselves to the work of teaching students to think clearly, independently, and fearlessly.So please add our names, the undersigned faculty at the University of Notre Dame, to the Professor Watchlist. We wish to be counted among those you are watching.Most sincerely,Encarnación Juárez-Almendros, SpanishAni Aprahamian, PhysicsFrancisco Aragon, Institute for Latino StudiesDoug Archer, Hesburgh LibrariesCarolina Arroyo, Political ScienceKatrina Barron, MathematicsKevin Barry, Kaneb CenterChristine Becker, Film, Television, and TheaterGail Bederman, HistoryPatricia Blanchette, PhilosophySusan D. Blum, AnthropologyCatherine E. Bolten, Anthropology and Peace StudiesJohn G. Borkowski, PsychologyBruce Bunker, PhysicsElizabeth Capdevielle, University Writing ProgramMatthew Capdevielle, University Writing ProgramRobert Randolf Coleman, Art, Art History & DesignBrian Collier, Institute for Educational InitiativesPhilippe Collon, Experimental Nuclear PhysicsMichael Coppedge, Political ScienceDavid Cortright, Kroc Institute for International Peace StudiesMary D’Angelo, TheologyAntonio Delgado, PhysicsDenise M. Della Rossa, GermanMichael Detlefsen, PhilosophyTarek R. Dika, Program of Liberal StudiesJane Doering, Gender StudiesJean Dibble, Art, Art History & DesignMargaret Anne Doody, EnglishKevin Dreyer, Film, Television, and TheaterJohn Duffy, EnglishAmitava Krishna Dutt, Political ScienceStephen M. Fallon, Program of Liberal Studies and EnglishStephen Fredman, EnglishChristopher Fox, EnglishJudith Fox, Law SchoolMary E. Frandsen, MusicJill Godmilow, Film Television & TheaterKaren Graubart, HistoryStuart Greene, English and Africana StudiesDavid Hachen, SociologyMatthew E.K. Hall, Political ScienceDarlene Hampton, First Year of StudiesSusan Harris, EnglishRandy Harrison, Hesburgh LibraryAnne Hayner, Kroc Institute for International Peace StudiesPeter Holland, Film, Television, and TheaterRomana Huk, EnglishCharlice Hurst, Mendoza College of BusinessLionel M. Jensen, East Asian Languages and CulturesDebra Javeline, Political ScienceClaire Taylor Jones, German and RussianMichael Kackman, Film, Television, and TheaterAsher Kaufman, History and Peace StudiesMary Celeste Kearney, Film, Television, and Theater; Gender StudiesMicha Kilburn, PhysicsJanet Kourany, PhilosophyThomas Kselman, HistoryGreg Kucich, EnglishRev. Donald G. LaSalle Jr., First Year of StudiesDaniel Lapsley, PsychologyErin Moira Lemrow, Institute for Latino StudiesNeil Lobo, Biological Sciences,George Lopez, Peace StudiesCecilia Lucero, First Year of StudiesCollette Mak, Hesburgh LibraryJulia Marvin, Program of Liberal StudiesMaria McKenna, Institute for Educational Initiatives and Africana StudiesSarah McKibben, Irish Language and LiteratureErin McLaughlin, University Writing ProgramJoyelle McSweeney, EnglishStephen Miller, MusicAnn Mische, Sociology and Peace StudiesLeslie L. Morgan, Hesbuirgh LibraryBrian O’Conchubhair, Irish Language and LiteratureLisa Oglesbee, Center for the Study of Languages and CulturesKathleen Opel, Notre Dame InternationalJessica Payne, PsychologyCatherine Perry, Romance Languages and LiteraturesDianne Pinderhughes, Political SciencePierpaolo Polzonetti, Program in Liberal Studies and Sacred MusicMargaret Porter, Hesburgh LibraryClark Power, Program of Liberal StudiesAva Preacher, College of Arts and LettersWilliam Purcell, Center for Social ConcernsBenjamin Radcliff, Political ScienceSteve Reifenberg, Kellogg Institute for International StudiesKaren Richman, Institute for Latino StudiesCharles Rosenberg, Art, Art History & DesignDeb Rotman, AnthropologyDavid F. Ruccio, Arts and LettersValerie Sayers, EnglishCatherine Schlegel, ClassicsRoy Scranton, EnglishSusan Sharpe, Center for Social ConcernsKristin Shrader-Frechette, Biological Sciences and PhilosophyJohn Sitter, EnglishCheri Smith, Hesburgh LibraryDonald Sniegowski, EnglishThomas A. Stapleford, Program of Liberal StudiesJames Sterba, PhilosophySusan St. Ville, Kroc Institute for International Peace StudiesMaria Tomasula, Art, Art History & DesignSteve Tomasula, EnglishErnesto Verdeja, Political ScienceHenry Weinfield, Program of Liberal Studies and EnglishJohn Welle, ItalianMichael Wiescher, PhysicsPamela Wojcik, Film, Television, and TheaterChristina Wolbrecht, Political ScienceMartin Wolfson, Professor of Economics EmeritusDanielle Wood, Center for Social Concerns