Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Yale's Carby Resigns, Then Decides to Stay after All

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Yale's Carby Resigns, Then Decides to Stay after All

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Dr. Hazel V. Carby, the head of Yale University's African American Studies Program, reversed field last month and decided not to resign her post. Earlier in February, she had said that she was leaving Yale because she was offended when her institution's president's lavished praise on Harvard University's Dr. Henry Louis Gates.

Yale's president, Dr. Richard C. Levin, last month held a ceremony honoring Gates, the head of the Afro-American studies department at Harvard. Although she didn't attend the dinner, Carby says she heard about it from colleagues.

In her letter of resignation, Carby said that Levin's comments at the dinner ceremony for Gates had damaged her program's reputation, according to The Yale Daily News. Apparently Carby's anger boiled over after hearing that Levin said: "We have watched with interest and admiration, and a little jealousy, as you have followed in your [undergraduate] mentor's footsteps -- building an extraordinary program in African American studies at Harvard. …

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