Bond James Bond wrote:Gee got fired I hear
Whoa! If true, this is an extraordinary development. What on earth could be going on? If you look at Gee's page on BYU's website, it would seem that he's still with the MI:
SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW
John Gee is a Senior Research Fellow, and the William (Bill) Gay Research Professor at the Maxwell Institute. He is the editor of eight books, and has edited a peer-reviewed international Egyptological journal. He has published over eighty articles and one book. He has served on the board of trustees of national and international organizations.
However, a separate page tells a different story:
(emphasis added)John Laurence Gee graduated from BYU in 1988. Later, he became a graduate student in Near Eastern studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and received his MA in Near Eastern studies in 1991. He earned his Ph.D. in Egyptology at Yale University in 1998, completing his dissertation on ancient Egyptian ritual purity.
Gee was the William "Bill" Gay Research Professor of Egyptology at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at BYU when this was written. In this role, he is an editor for the Studies in the Book of Abraham series and a member of the editorial board of the Eastern Christian Texts series.
Huh! This would seem to employ that he is no longer the William "Bill" Gay Research Professor--a position that, one assumes, given the title, is permanently attached to the Maxwell Institute.
Is this true, though? I personally intend to wait for additional confirmation--especially of the public variety. That said, I will say that I received news of this via an "anonymous informant," who indicated that Gee has apparently been given a separate (though inferior) position in DCP's home department.
This is quite stunning. If it is true (and I must emphasize that I do not know for certain if it is or not), then it will mean that the "Mormon Studies" takeover of the MI is now complete. You have to wonder who will get to occupy the (apparently?) now-vacant William "Bill" Gay Research Professor Chair.