Today, we stand in solidarity with our Jewish communities in light of the senseless killings in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and condemn the violence against Jewish people and their places of worship. I know that we are all deeply concerned and troubled by the creation of a culture where this kind of civil and anti-Semitic violence expresses itself, especially as members of a richly diverse university community who continually seek openness, inclusion, and mutual respect for all.
As you are aware, the university has lowered all US, state and Duke flags on campus to half-staff until sunset, Wednesday, Oct. 31. During this time of reflection, I would encourage all of us as members of the Duke community to redouble our efforts to live out attitudes and actions of empathy, compassion, and kindness in the face of those who perpetrate hate and violence.
Ann M. Reed, MD
Samuel L. Katz Professor of Pediatrics
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, Duke Children’s