Pennsylvania professor used Nazi phrase, salute during virtual conference

Pennsylvania professor used Nazi phrase, salute during virtual conference


A University of Pennsylvania professor is under fire for using a Nazi salute and hand gesture during a virtual archaeology conference — telling a colleague “Sieg heil to you,” startling video shows.

Robert Schuyler, an associate professor of anthropology at the university and associate curator at the Penn Museum, cut off another participant during Wednesday’s online discussion to talk about how the pandemic impacted membership renewals for 2021.

“I would say, Robert, this is not the place for you to bring up this,” Liz Quinlan, a researcher and doctoral student at the University of York, told Schuyler, who had been speaking about accessibility issues during the Society for Historical Archaeology event, video shows.

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“I’m sorry, but I have freedom of speech and you’re not going to tell me it’s not the place for me to bring this up,” Schuyler replied.

The pair then briefly spoke over each other before Schuyler, who is also the associate curator of the Penn

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