UNH 3030, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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Presented by:
Steven Volk, PhD, Professor of History, Director of the Center for Teaching, Innovation, and Excellence, Oberlin College

The conflict between “free” and “regulated” speech on campus has become increasingly heated. It has moved from a discussion of designing speech “rules” to protect the campus community from hate speech, to demands that certain speakers/ideas shouldn’t be allowed on campus. On many campuses we have also seen requests that faculty “warn” their students of potentially traumatizing (“triggering”) topics to be covered in class, and even a rejection of subjects or readings that might make some students, or their friends, uncomfortable. In this talk, I’ll discuss a growing student “culture of safety” and how it has crashed up against a faculty culture of “academic freedom.” I’ll suggest that the way faculty can best acknowledge student concerns is by taking them seriously and helping them negotiate the uncomfortable spaces into which we must place them if learning is to occur. I’ll focus in particular on class activities I have developed as part of this process. There will be ample opportunity for discussion of this difficult topic at the end of the talk.

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866. 

This program will be video and audio taped and may be podcast. By your willing participation in the program, you expressly and irrevocably consent to be photographed, videotaped and/or audio taped and quoted/cited. The films, tapes, and other digital recordings will become the property of the Center of Teaching Excellence, LMU.

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  • Susan McDaniel
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