University of Massachusetts, Amherst accounting professor Catherine Lowry was placed on leave over her decision to show her class a Hitler parody video, a frequently used meme format on social media. Now, the university is refusing to comment on whether or not Lowry will be reinstated.
According to a report by Campus Reform, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, may terminate Accounting Professor Catherine Lowry over her decision to play a Hitler parody video for her Introduction to Accounting class.
The video was produced by students that took the course in 2009. It features a clip from the 2004 film Downfall, which focused on the end of Nazi Germany. The video has been used online for numerous parodies and memes. The Telegraph even cataloged many the Downfall-inspired parody in a 2009 listicle. The version that Lowry showed in class focused on inventory cost methods, a subject studied in the course.
After Lowry showed the parody video, approximately 80 students got up and left the lecture hall. Lowry told the Boston Globe that the video included the dialogue: “Don’t you dare finish that sentence or I’ll send you to a chamber. And it won’t be the chamber of commerce. I can guarantee that.”
Now, Lowry is unsure if she will be permitted to return to her teaching post at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A spokesman for the university claims that they are conducted a “full review” of Lowry’s classroom conduct before they make a decision.
“This has been pretty traumatic for me because I’ve spent two and a half decades building a career of connecting to students and helping them find their way,” Lowry said in a short interview with The Boston Globe in December. “This is my career, this is my life.”
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