A Fast From the Past: a Retired Scholar Talks About an Episode 13 Years Ago

As a group, prisoners wage hunger strikes more than anyone else, but sometimes it seems that professors are not too far behind them.

In a surprising number of cases over the past several years, academics who find themselves on the wrong side of a tenure decision have tried to reverse their fate through public starvation.

Some starve themselves. Others have students starve with, or for, them. One professor in 2000 had his wife do the starving. Occasionally such tactics have