Should I keep quiet about my professor's past.
October 8, 2009 3:24 PM Subscribe
Should I keep quiet about my professor's past?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (55 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am in grad school. I have a professor whom I like and admire very much.
He had mentioned working in a governmental job earlier in his career. Out of curiosity and fandom, I was looking on Google to see if there was anything out there about what he did in that job.
What I found was shocking- that he had done some extremely bizarre and illegal (but not violent) things in that job, been criminally charged for them, found not guilty by reason of insanity, and hospitalized. This all took place around 30 years ago.
I am certain that it is the same person. I am also certain that other faculty members, at least the ones who have been around for a long time, are aware of this- our field is small and insular. Also the professor has always appeared utterly sane to me.
The question is, should I keep quiet?
My reason for telling anyone about this would not be that I am afraid of the professor, or to get the professor in trouble, or because I think the professor is hiding this from the administration, or anything like that. It's more that I find this professor very interesting and wonder what my classmates would think of this episode, and wonder if anyone knows more about it. Simply, I want to talk to people about it primarily about of curiosity about the professor.
Also, this information is public and freely, easily available. It's just not something you'd stumble on unless you were looking.
On the other hand, I do not want to shame this professor or cause him trouble.
On the other hand, it has been 30 years, and the professor brought up working in this job with no prompting from any of us. Perhaps it's not a sore subject anymore.
Do you think I should keep quiet?