Penn students removed a portrait of Shakespeare from a staircase in the English Department, replacing the Bard with a picture of Audre Lorde, a black, lesbian, feminist poet.
English faculty “voted to relocate and replace the portrait a few years ago in order to represent a more diverse range of writers,” reports the Daily Pennsylvanian. However, nothing was done.
““Students removed the Shakespeare portrait and delivered it to my office as a way of affirming their commitment to a more inclusive mission for the English department,” wrote Jed Esty, chair of the department, in an email to the student newspaper. “We invite everyone to join us in the task of critical thinking about the changing nature of authorship, the history of language, and the political life of symbols.”
What does that invitation mean? Anything?