Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

'Selfie' Results in Cancellation of Symposium Invitation

DuquesneInside Higher Ed, Duquesne Revokes Invitation to Geraldo Rivera:

Geraldo Rivera, the media personality, took to Twitter last week to report that Duquesne University had revoked an invitation for him to participate in a symposium on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. "Just heard Duquesne Univ cancelled my appearance at JFK assassination panel because of 'selfie'. Fact I first aired Zapruder film less impt.," Rivera wrote. The "selfie" reference is to a naked photograph of himself (primarily of top half of his body) that he recently posted online (click here only if you want to view the photo). A spokeswoman for the university confirmed the report, and via e-mail cited the university's Roman Catholic heritage.

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The photo was not offensive. It just didn't reflect "gravitas." They want serious, suited sorts of people on stage for such a serious subject as JFK. How we choose to present our professional image matters. There are well established expectations for how we want our VIP speakers to look, such as that women must keep their arms covered and wear stockings, men shouldn't unbutton their shirt and reveal chest hair, etc.

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