ANTONIO CALVO TRAGEDY
(May 5th 2011: I read, via NYT, that the email that Antonio Calvo sent to a student refering to his balls maybe was considered a sex-offence as Calvo was homosexual. I wonder if the student who received the email had anything against homosexuals. I can not know!)
One of the things I find quite upsetting it is the fact that one can be a prestigious teacher at one of the best Universities of the World and the next day you may have to leave on a hurry into another continent.
Antonio Calvo had been living ten years in the US. Then one day he finds himself without a job and he knows that he may have to go back to Spain.
This is crazy because all the things that were good for him then in a second change completely. As he was living in the US, as he was a human being and not only a teacher, I imagine he met people with whom maybe he felt happy with. Then, in a second, he had to live these people behind.
Imagine he had decided to come back to Spain. This would have been maybe a disaster. He had to leave the people he had met in the US. And he had to begin a new life! And to say that he once work in Princeton would not open doors as people would wonder why he was sacked.
So, I find this quite terrible because you have one day everything and then the next day you have nothing: you have not the right to stay where you were living (I would have the feeling that I had been treated as a toy) once you are not needed. And you know that back in your home country you w’on’t be received in the Academic world with open arms.
I do not know how much Antonio Calvo was paid in Princeton but I find unhumane to have somebody working for ten years and then the next day this person has to leave the country. I find this is a shame. I just hope that anybody that goes into the US as a techer realises that once they do not need them they would have to return back to their countries so that any friendhip there will be lost. I think no job deserves such a sacrifice. Princeton can be a very good University. But I think you have to pay too a high price to work there.
I would like to end by mentioning that I am also a great admirer of photographer Herb Ritts.
- Princeton professor’s suicide followed contract dispute with university, friends say (nj.com)
- At Princeton, Questions After Instructor’s Suicide (nytimes.com)
- Students question death of Princeton lecturer (tech.mit.edu)
- Princeton’s Antonio Calvo Kills Self After Contract Dispute (abcnews.go.com)
- Questions Surround The Death Of Antonio Calvo, Princeton Lecturer (huffingtonpost.com)
- Princeton professor’s suicide draws ire from friends, students (cnn.com)
- Princeton Professor Commits Suicide After Termination of Contract – Raising Questions Over His Treatment By University (jonathanturley.org)
- Professor Kills Self After Dispute (abcnews.go.com)
- Princeton Professor Kills Self After Losing Job (foxnews.com)
- The Death of St. Antonio: At Princeton, an ‘abrupt leave-taking’ (observer.com)
- Students Demand ‘Justice’ for Dead Teacher (abcnews.go.com)