News - January 1996

Cancellation of gay lit class criticized

MOREHEAD -- The abrupt cancellation of a gay and lesbian lit class at Morehead State University stirred controversy among English professors and some gay students.

John C. Philley, vice president for academic affairs, rejected the class after it had been approved by three curriculum committees. The course was planned for the spring semester. Reportedly, it would have been the only course of its kind in Kentucky.

Philley said he canceled the course solely for budgetary reasons, although he expressed concerns about the need for a class focusing on gay literature. He said he plans to allow the department of English, foreign languages and philosophy to offer the course next school year, probably in spring 1997.

"I won't say that I don't have some reservations about the course," Philley told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "But, fundamentally, content did not have anything to do with the decision."

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