By Elaine Magliaro
Maureen Downey of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote yesterday about a reader who had sent her a copy of the cover of the new University of North Georgia continuing education catalog along with the following question: “Are they crazy?” Downey thought the reader’s question was a valid one “given the awkwardness of the image and its pairing with a headline that asks, ‘Why follow when you can lead?’”
Jessica Roy of New York Magazine also wrote an article about the image published on the university’s catalog cover titled University Catalogue Cover Accidentally Becomes Perfect Metaphor for America.
Crooks and Liars’ article on the same subject asked the question: What’s Wrong With This Picture?
Look at the picture–reportedly a stock photo–that the university selected for its catalog cover. What do you think?
Downey said that she asked the University of North Georgia about the cover on its continuing education catalog. Here is how Kate Maine, Associate Vice President of University Relations, responded:
We are aware of the reaction to the image you noted. After looking into the issue, we determined that this is an isolated case of poor judgment, and was not intentional. However, the image was not representative of UNG’s commitment to diversity, and this will serve as an opportunity for increased dialogue about diversity issues and we expect that to better inform our processes and publications.
The image has been removed from the department’s website and social media pages, and the catalog will be reprinted before further distribution. Additionally, we have taken steps to provide for broader review of publications like this to ensure they fully meet institutional expectations and reflect our community and our values.
Crooks and Liars took to using a little sarcasm in its article:
Alarming or expected?
The University of North Georgia says it was an “isolated case of poor judgment.” Well, maybe they honestly think that it was — or suddenly realized they should stop letting partially blind Uncle Bubba pick out the catalog pictures.
Or maybe they’re just reminding us how cool things can be without troublesome stuff like the Emancipation Proclamation or Title IX. Everyone else gets away with that attitude. Why shouldn’t we?
White guys win again. Was this college catalog cover a loser? (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
University Catalogue Cover Accidentally Becomes Perfect Metaphor for America (New York Magazine)
What’s Wrong With This Picture? (Crooks and Liars)