Fresno State University President Dr. Joseph I. Castro has announced a public forum on the public outcry after a series of tweets made by Fresno State Professor Randa Jarrar on the night of former First Lady Barbara Bush’s death.
In the tweets Jarrar rejoiced at the death of the former first lady, wished for the speedy demise of the rest of the Bush family, and said that as a tenured professor making $100,000 a year she could not be fired. That appears to have been correct, last week the university announced that no disciplinary action would be taken against Jarrar.
Tonight at a public event featuring Emmy Award winning presidential historian Michael Beschloss Castro said “”it is very important for you to know that my wife Mary and I thought those comments were absolutely disgraceful”.
Castro went on to say “if you want to discuss this topic or any other topic about Fresno State with me directly please come back to this venue for an open forum this Thursday night at 7PM”. Castro was referring to the Save Mart Center.
A roundtable meeting for students and faculty to discuss the Jarrar situation will be held Wednesday at 10AM at the North Gym on the Fresno State Campus.