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Mary Ann Dimand amaebi at iwon.com
Sat Jun 17 11:22:09 EDT 2000


Max enquired about my entomologist friend:

> yikes. death threats? and all the administration does is add a
> clause to her contract?  something wacky in perspective
> there.  but it sounds like she stayed on?  was she all right?

No, she didn't stay on. She felt, to my mind most reasonably, that for a
biologist not to teach evolution was for a biologist not to be a biologist.
It was too late in the academic season for her to pick up another proper
job. She returned to former graduate student haunts and pick-up work and
starved for a year, before getting a job at the liberal arts college I was
teaching at.

And while she wasn't murdered, of course she wasn't all right. She felt
extremely isolated and constantly anticipated being under attack for a
couple of years at least. I think and hope she is continuing to relax and
spread her wings. Er, not on the setting board (entomology joke).

Mary Ann

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