Speaking Out - Rodin Reply to Vining
The source of this document is Almanac.
Dr. Rodin's Response to Dr. Vining
I am deeply sorry that Professor Vining misinterpreted the content
and intent of my "Welcome Back" letter that appeared in Almanac at the
start of this semester (Almanac January 17, 1995). My purpose in not
identifying Professor Vining was precisely to protect his right to
receive research funding from any source he chooses that is legitimately
constituted under law, ensures free inquiry and publication, and does
not discriminate. The University has been steadfast in defending
Professor Vining's rights over the past six months in response to
complaints from Mr. Gerard and others. We will continue to protect the
right of Professor Vining and other faculty to receive research funding
from sources of their choice.
The alleged "hater" in this instance is the Pioneer Fund, not
Professor Vining. It was the propriety of Penn's funding relationship
with the Pioneer Fund, admittedly limited and indirect, not the content
of Professor Vining's research, that was upsetting to some people, and
it was to that issue that my comments referred.
Again, I deeply regret Professor Vining's misunderstanding of my
intent and want to assure him and other faculty in the strongest
possible terms that any such reading of my letters is a misconstrual. I
have protected and will continue to protect the rights of faculty to
freedom of research and expression, as Penn has done for many years.
- Judith Rodin, President