Dear UVM family,

The trial connected to George Floyd’s murder has laid bare the deep wounds and raw emotion caused by racism and inequity, and the trauma experienced by members of the Black community. Over recent weeks, we have seen this manifest in the pain of George Floyd’s loved ones, and the distress of those who witnessed his senseless death.

There is no way one jury’s verdict...

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Three large stone benches along a walkway that are engraved with the words openness, justice, responsibility

A message to the UVM community as we await the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial

Dear UVM Community Members,

As many of you are aware, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been on trial facing murder charges for the death of George Floyd. Yesterday marked the closing statements in the trial. 

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Black-and-white photo of The Ball Family, circa 1982

Timeless Lessons

In 1976, early in his career, Howard Ball landed an attractive offer for a tenure track position at a large state university. The only possible catch, it seemed, was that the professorship was at Mississippi State, a geographic and cultural leap for a young, Jewish, Bronx-born academic.

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