Job Sacrifice

In the Garden of the North American Martyrs copy

Here’s a drawing in response to Tobias Wolff’s short story “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs.”  In this story, a history professor comes to interview for a job on the East Coast and soon realizes that she’s been picked to fulfill the equal opportunity statute requiring the university to interview at least one woman for every open position. 

In addition to the drawing, I am reminded of two things.  First, I’m reminded of the short story “The Eclipse” that we just read in class last week.  In that story, the conflict between the missionaries and native Americans ends quite differently.  Second, I’m reminded of my own job interview at Duke in 1993.  Like Mary in this story, I was coming from a college in Oregon–in my case, as a graduate student.   AND I also soon realized that the interviewers were more interested in another gender.