A very good friend of mine who is a grad student and instructor at Syracuse University posted a two parter on teaching in a post-Trump world. This is the first part, and you can find the link to the second at the very bottom. Very important reading.
A couple of weeks ago, toward the end of our class’s unit on “Thrills, Sensations, and the Ethics of Nonfiction,” I assigned my students the University of Chicago’s Welcome Letter to the Class of 2020 alongside Sara Ahmed’s thought-provoking “Against Students” (June 2015). The former, a document separately decried or praised as patronizing and oppressive or timely and appropriate, comes from a private University that prides itself as “one of the world’s leading and most influential institutions of higher learning,” and has a notorious reputation among academics for fostering an ultra-competitive – and potentially hazardous – environment for its students.
Following a word of congratulations, the letter states:
“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat…
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