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Podcast: Should Professor Shurtz resign?

In this episode of the Emerald Podcast Network, news reporter Andy Field has a discussion with retired University of Oregon English Professor Dr. Edwin Coleman, who started UO’s ethnic studies department, and André Lightsey-Walker, a UO senior majoring in philosophy.

Last week, Coleman wrote a column in the Register-Guard condemning the university community’s response after it was revealed on Nov. 1, in a photo taken by an anonymous source, that UO law professor Nancy Shurtz wore blackface during her private Halloween party.

Shurtz is currently on paid administrative leave as the campus’s Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity investigates whether her actions are a violation of university policy.

Coleman and Lightsey-Walker discussed with Field topics such as the history of blackface, whether Shurtz should resign, as well as the Black Student Task Force demands to create a more inclusive campus for black students.

This episode was edited by Emerson Malone, with help from Anna Lieberman and Andy Field. Our music was written by Evan DuPell.

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Andrew Field

Andrew Field

Former Japan Times intern. Daily Emerald reporter and FishDuck editor. Tokyo-Singapore-Houston-Eugene, but Oregonian forever. West Ham United and Portland Timbers fan.

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