Thursday, December 14, 2017

#MeToo Comes to UC Davis Music Department

The famed Berlioz and Wagner scholar D. Kern Holoman gave up his professorships on Monday after a former student, who is now an administrator at UC Davis, alerted officials there that he was going to write about Holoman on his blog (link is to story). Danny Gray told officials about being assaulted and later raped by Holoman.

Holoman's response is Levine-like ("Our memories of that time differ markedly," that is, yes, there was sex! but it was entirely consensual) but includes something apologetic (not sure how sincere it is).

Gray had gone to the administration contemporaneously with the events, so there is evidence from then, and went to them on another occasion as well. As the story notes, UC has a miserable record of handling abuse in the workplace; see, particularly, how nice they were to former law school dean Sujit Choudhry, who sexually harassed a subordinate.

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