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The Trouble with Trigger Warnings

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 12.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

By Mariah Flynn Earlier this fall, incoming students at the University of Chicago received a letter from school administrators. In it, the freshmen ...

The Politics Of Identity -- Blessing Or Curse?

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.28.2016 | Politics
Steve Nelson

The so-called "identity liberalism" that Lilla believes problematic is the much needed, long awaited second phase of justice in America.

(Un)Safe Faculty Spaces

Shannon Portillo | Posted 10.29.2016 | Education
Shannon Portillo

We often talk about creating safe spaces for students to discuss sensitive topics in the classroom, but learning often isn't safe. Sometimes safe spaces can let you down.

Safe Spaces And Difficult Discussions

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 10.06.2016 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

It seems to me that colleges should foster a culture that allows discussions of topics that make us uncomfortable. We should hear viewpoints from those who don't share our history, our values, our religion, our race, etc.

When Is PC Un-PC?

Sophia Armenakas | Posted 03.31.2016 | Teen
Sophia Armenakas

In principle, political correctness encourages people to choose their words carefully so as not to offend those who have faced or continue to face dis...

Universities, Safe-Spaces, and the Partisan Divide

Chad Williams | Posted 03.18.2016 | College
Chad Williams

The safe-space is a concept I agree with entirely in concept but less so in practice. I firmly believe that students at any university should be able to feel that they are a valued part of the student body and not be subjected to hate speech or excessive insensitivity.

Who Matters in America? A Call for Political Correctness

Steve Nelson | Posted 02.08.2017 | College
Steve Nelson

The rise of so-called "political correctness" is not the infantilizing of students. It is the long overdue voice given to the real experiences of all students.

Martin Luther King on the First Amendment

David Moshman | Posted 01.04.2017 | College
David Moshman

The Promised Land, then, is not simply a "safe space." Social justice is not achieved by eliminating "microaggressions" or requiring "trigger warnings." Student activists, whatever their cause, should recognize and insist on intellectual freedom for all.

How Safe a Space Should College Be?

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 12.14.2016 | Education
Jane Adams Ph.D.

The recent wave of complaints on college campuses about the seeming insensitivity of faculty and administrators to students' emotional needs shouldn't...

The Do's and Don'ts of Matching With Trans People on Tinder

Caitlynne Leary | Posted 12.04.2016 | College
Caitlynne Leary

Trans individuals face a disproportionate amount of violence than their heterosexual cisgender counterparts on dating sites. This can easily be alleviated with proper education and awareness.

Millennials and Spirituality: The Religion Professor as Secret Agent, a.k.a. Danger Man

John Stroup | Posted 12.01.2016 | College
John Stroup

Welcome to Christianity in the Ivory Tower, or a guide to the inner knowledge and folk wisdom of The Village. For starters: the more Americans, espe...

The Real Battle on Racism on College Campuses

Brian Cheung | Posted 11.14.2016 | Impact
Brian Cheung

At both Yale University and the University of Missouri, the argument lies not in the fact that people should stop being racist, but that the schools' administrations should have done more to control racism.

The EXMNA Effect

Hina Husain | Posted 10.28.2016 | Impact
Hina Husain

As an active member of EXMNA, I can't overstate the profoundly positive effect the organization has had on me. I found myself in ways I never even imagined were possible.

A Generic Trigger Warning for College Students

David Moshman | Posted 09.02.2016 | College
David Moshman

College should indeed be a safe space, but not in the sense of being safe from upsetting images or ideas. College should be a place where it is safe to explain what you believe and to disagree with others.

Professing in the Dark Times

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 05.18.2015 | College
Stephen Kuusisto

While many argue the traditional college campus will or should become a thing of the past, I disagree. Only by meeting and sharing our experiences, often in casual conversation, do we see how alike we are and how much strength and wisdom we can share.

Luxurious Stigma: The Plight of Liberal Arts Conservatives

Jay Dodd | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Jay Dodd

Not being able to share why you love guns or question immigration policy in public spaces is an iota of the discomfort marginalized people feel on this campus with systems erasing and devaluing of our experiences.

Safe Space Is Not Safer

justin adkins | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
justin adkins

No one can declare a space "safe" for everyone, or anyone, except for themselves.

Every Child Deserves to Play: Camp Zeitouna Helps the Youngest Syrian Refugees

Ehsan Zaffar | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
Ehsan Zaffar

Already many experts and aid organizations are describing these children as Syria's "lost generation." We should work to counter this assumption. This is the generation that will rebuild Syria, but only if we give them a chance, and the tools, to do so.

When in Boystown: Don't Create Racism, Create Change

Nico Lang | Posted 06.27.2012 | Chicago
Nico Lang

It's been almost a year since Take Back Boystown took off, and all of us still have so much work to do to build a better community. We need to stand together, or we need to stop calling ourselves a community.

The Survival Girls: Kenya, Refugee Youth, and Safe Space

Ming Holden | Posted 12.10.2011 | Impact
Ming Holden

Strife-ridden societies aren't furnished with peaceful town squares. I'm talking about my girls and me sitting in the dirty corner of a church, creating a temporary space from scratch with our presence.

For the Seriously Faithful, Choosing Resistance as an Organizing Principle (and becoming Glenn Beck's worst nightmare??)

Rev. Peter Laarman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter Laarman

it seems to me that the only way forward for leaders who fully understand the dangerous nature of these times is to be both persistently reasonable and persistently theological.