January 28, 2022

Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Investigates Anti-Semitic Writings in a Campus Library Book

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Carnegie Mellon University police are investigating anti-Semitic words and symbols discovered in a book in Hunt Library on campus.

CMU president Farnam Jahanian alerted the campus to the incident, saying he was distressed and saddened.

“We must be clear: we condemn this evil. We reject bigotry in all its forms,” he said.

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From The Incline:

Photos of the vandalized book, one dealing with the queer Jewish identity, were taken and posted to Facebook by Adira Rosen, a second-year undergraduate directing student at CMU.

One photo shows an inscription in the upper margin of a page reading, “Jews have no business at CMU” alongside another inscription reading, “You are right.” The latter inscription, which appears in a different style of handwriting, is accompanied by a smiley face. A large swastika covers the page below. Rosen also photographed swastikas on two other pages of the book.

Rosen told The Incline that she was wrapping up a research paper on Wednesday night when she opened a copy of Warren Hoffman’s “The Passing Game” that she’d borrowed from CMU’s Hunt Library earlier in the day.

Rosen says she opened the book and immediately discovered the inscriptions and swastika on Page 7.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.