We appreciate the fact that you covered the Oct. 25 faculty panel “Deconstructing the DKE Incident: How, Why, and What Next?” that was sponsored by the Yale College Dean’s Office, the Intercultural Affairs Council and the Yale College Council (“Faculty give academic perspective on DKE,” Oct. 26). We write to note and to rectify the glaring omission of mention in your article of the analysis presented by Professor Inderpal Grewal, Chair of the Program of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale, one of the four faculty panelists at the event.
As an expert in transnational, global approaches to the study of gender, Professor Grewal brought together concepts from the fields of cultural studies and postcolonial feminist studies to analyze the DKE incident in light of contemporary popular culture, social media and militarism. Notably, Professor Grewal brought to the conversation the crucial analysis of the link between violence against women at the chant’s start and its “militaristic masculinity” as it continued to “F–k Al Qaeda, F–k Al Qaeda” and “USA, USA” at the end.
Shirley McCarthy and Laura Wexler
The writers are co-chairs of the Yale Women Faculty Forum.