SUNY Geneseo professor gives controversial lecture

Posted at: 04/24/2013 11:42 PM
Updated at: 04/26/2013 12:59 AM

The title alone created controversy, but a lecture at SUNY Geneseo went on Wednesday night, despite a petition against it.

The petition, which started on the website change.org, called for the college administration to condemn Professor Theodore Everett's position in a talk called Against "Sexual" "Assault" "Awareness".

The petition says some students believe the talk is irresponsible and a detriment to the college community where there are sexual assault survivors.

Some students who attended Wednesday night's lecture lecture shared their opinion.

“He made valid points. Of course any discourse has to be reexamined, which is what he was doing,” said senior student Kristopher Ramos.

“I think we definitely need to see more conversations like this, but the framework of the conversation needs to be about progress and it needs to be about what the students can do to better our community and not about creating violence, not about targeting one individual. I think that's important to keep in mind,” said senior student Iris Malfetano.

In an letter to the college community SUNY College President Christopher Dahl wrote, "The open exchange of ideas and opinions on our campus has been, and will remain, a core value critical to the liberal and liberating education Geneseo seeks to offer."

News10NBC was told Wednesday night that Professor Everett would not be made available for comment after the lecture.