News and Perspectives
By Abeer Syedah
It was a summer of deep, national pain that, for too many is not unheard of or atypical. The violence of these past months, for many students, is a headwind that carries a passion for expecting the highest commitment to radical love, equity, and respect from our communities. And we students, the U, Gophers, are indeed a community.
Our student body is vast, with a diversity of experiences, identities, beliefs, and understandings among us. And as an institution of education, often the epicenter for social change, that diversity is our excellence worth celebrating as well as our responsibility worth understanding.
by President Eric W. Kaler
From Larpenteur Avenue near our St. Paul campus to the streets of Dallas and the horrors of an Orlando nightclub shooting, this summer's tragedies remind us that we live in painful and challenging times. The despair, passion, and sorrow evoked by acts of violence and hatred in our surrounding community and across the globe can't help but seep into our campus as the school year begins. And the divisive rhetoric of our country's presidential election may heighten tensions.
Some of you, especially those who are members of communities that have experienced hate and violence, may feel anxiety and worry about the climate on campus. But this issue should matter deeply to all of us, because we each play a role in ensuring an empathetic and respectful community.
I call on each of us to redouble our efforts to create a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive campus. We gather at the University from many different places, perspectives, and identities. Those differences make us better. They should not divide us.
This was an email message sent by President Kaler to University faculty, staff, and students on the Twin Cities campus
Featuring Randall L. Kennedy. Sponsored by the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics & Law
October 3, 2016, 7:30 PM, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Free and open to the public; no reservations are required.
From "culturally offensive" Halloween costumes to protests over controversial speakers to "trigger warnings" in classrooms, debate over freedom of expression only seems new to America's college campuses. These and similar issues have roiled higher education for decades. Randall L. Kennedy, the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will revisit key disputes that are likely to continue to challenge First Amendment principles when he presents "The Politics and Law of the Culture Wars in American Higher Education, 1950-2020." Selected books authored by Professor Kennedy will be available for purchase at a book signing following the lecture.
Students - You are invited to apply! We are connected through multiple social networks, from Twitter to Instagram to Facebook. We are meeting people that we would have never met before, both on campus and on the internet. But even as we connect, we encounter differences in one another. And sometimes we don't know how to bridge those differences. How do we explore and celebrate our differences, while also confronting privilege and oppression?