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Trigger Warnings

Attacks on Political Correctness: A Solution Looking for a Problem

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

We're looking at this issue upside down. Anti-PC rhetoric addresses a non-existent problem. There is ample bigotry, free expression and crude insult on campuses, streets and television screens. Americans don't suffer from a lack of opportunity to be gratuitously offensive.

An Education in America

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Michael Rosenblum

I have to admit I am both astonished and depressed when I read about the state of education in America's colleges and universities.

Obama Says College Students Shouldn't Be 'Coddled'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama wants college students to hear the arguments of people they disagree with, not try to block them from speaking. During a town ...

Warning: My Class Is One Big Trigger

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 09.07.2015 | College
Jonathan D. Moreno

In spite of the intensity of the subject matter, I've found that when my undergrads get annoyed at me it's usually because I'm late getting my slides up on the course website, not because I've broached emotionally difficult material.

'Coddled Students? That's Not the Problem'

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 09.02.2015 | Education
David Palumbo-Liu

Positing the blame solely on a vocal, but still small group of individuals who voice these concerns, calling this a "movement" in order to fan the flames of reaction, and slapping them with a dismissive label only makes matters worse.

A Generic Trigger Warning for College Students

David Moshman | Posted 09.02.2015 | 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.

How Allergy Warnings are Actually Hurting Immune Health On Campus: The Coddling of the American Digestive System

Nadia Khayrallah | Posted 08.28.2015 | Comedy
Nadia Khayrallah

Something strange is happening at America's colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub dining halls clear of any foods and beverages which might cause physical discomfort or illness.

Do Trigger Warnings On Campus Cause More Harm Than Good?

The Huffington Post | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 08.14.2015 | College

Trigger warnings, a means of preemptively alerting an audience to potentially distressing material, have been widely adopted by college prof...

Trigger Warning

Sezin Koehler | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Sezin Koehler

Being the survivor of a gun crime involving an actual trigger, I often find the phrase "trigger warning" itself to be a trigger. Trigger warnings don't impede free speech any more than telling someone with food allergies what ingredients are in a meal.

The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use. In totalitarian regimes--a.k.a. police states--where conformity and compliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used.

Tyler Kingkade

Almost No College Professors Are Forced To Use Trigger Warnings | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.23.2015 | College

Very few college professors are forced to use trigger warnings in class, according to an online survey of College Art Association and Modern Language ...

Tolerance and Totalitarianism

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.21.2015 | College
Michael Shermer

A disturbing trend is sweeping across American colleges and universities under the guise of protecting students from allegedly offensive speech -- defined differently by different interest groups -- with demands for everything from "trigger warnings" to banning speakers from campus.

Is Reading Greek Mythology Toxic For Students?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.16.2015 | College
Lev Raphael

Is there any book anywhere that couldn't be in need of a trigger warning? Think about Twilight or Lord of the Rings or The Great Gatsby. What would be helpful is for professors to do what many I know already do: ask students at the beginning of a class to inform them privately if they have any issues that might interfere with classroom learning and proceed from there.

Dismissive of 'Rape Culture,' a New York Times Columnist Perpetuates It in a Screed Against 'Sensitivity'

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 05.25.2015 | College
Elizabeth Nicholas

If you only read Shulevitz's article, you might believe an epidemic of overly dramatic rape victims and overly-sensitivity responses to them was sweeping the country.

Trigger Warning: I Am About to Critique Trigger Warnings

Gad Saad | Posted 04.07.2015 | College
Gad Saad

There are justifiable case-by-case situations wherein an educator might exhibit targeted sensitivity to a student's unique circumstances. This is humane and laudable. In most instances though, trigger warnings are not a manifestation of justified empathy but are symptomatic of an ailing culture.

Free Speech, Charlie Hebdo, and the Ultimate Campus Trigger Warning (VIDEO)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 03.15.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Once you set the precedent that speech will be censored if it offends people who respond violently to that speech, you guarantee that more people will respond violently on a wider variety of issues. There is a reason why no one ever says "the best way to deal with a bully is to immediately give him everything he wants."

On Trigger Warnings And College-Level Censorship

Courtney Young | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Courtney Young

On September 5, the Evans Library of the Florida Institute of Technology sponsored a Banned Books Read-Out of censored comics and graphic novels. Dean...

Leading Faculty Group Condemns Trigger Warnings As A 'Threat To Academic Freedom'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.09.2014 | College

The American Association of University Professors, one of the nation's leading college faculty groups, announced this week it formally opposes the use...

Is The Academe Trigger Happy?

In These Times | Posted 07.14.2014 | College

In the social-justice blogosphere, “trigger warnings” have long been standard etiquette for discussing violence or oppression. The warnings prefac...

Trigger Warnings

Martin Marty | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Informed students know about the "Trigger Warning"-inspiring texts. Religious scholars know that religious texts treat the extremes of existence, of life and death matters, of love and hate, care and brutality, and not only do they not shy away from discussing them but that they can also promote depth of understanding, care, solace, and healing.

Trigger Warnings Redux

Gary A. Olson | Posted 07.23.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

What strikes me about many of the responses to my piece on trigger warnings is that much of it focuses on whether trigger warnings are a good idea or simply another way to coddle students. The fact that the discussion seems to be stuck on this particular axis suggests to me that perhaps I did not make my own thesis clear.

Claire Fallon

Let's All Calm Down: Trigger Warnings For Books Are Not Like Censorship | Claire Fallon | Posted 05.23.2014 | Books

Ladies and gentlemen, the apocalypse is upon us, and it has arrived in the form of the humble trigger warning. Or at least you’d think so, to go by ...

What's Really Important About 'Trigger Warnings'

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.20.2014 | College
Soraya Chemaly

Conversations about trigger warnings seem more and more like superficial proxies for ones about deeper problems on campuses regarding diversity, equity, the corporatization of education, and, the dreaded word, privilege.

The Problem with Trigger Warnings

Gary A. Olson | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Gary A. Olson

Is it a good idea to warn students that a given work might be upsetting? Absolutely. That's just good pedagogical practice. The real question is whether institutions should be mandating formal trigger warnings on syllabi and before showing potentially objectionable films.

Should Classes Include Trigger Warnings?

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 04.26.2014 | College

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It seemed like a modest proposal, or so thought Bailey Loverin, a literature major at the University of California, Santa Barba...