VOICES of Social Change Explores Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education

Panelists discuss race and civil discourse at a VOICES of Social Change event
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Race, racial justice, civil discourse, and free speech have become controversial topics across higher education. These four major facets of life in the U.S. should not be incompatible or opposing constructs, yet the nature of the current political climate seems to artificially place them in contradiction. College and university campuses have become battlegrounds for the culture wars in ways that confound the fundamental mission of higher education. 

On Wednesday, October 27, VOICES of Social Change hosted an interactive panel discussion, “DIFFICULT DIALOGUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION: RACE, RACIAL JUSTICE, CIVIL DISCOURSE, AND FREE SPEECH,” to examine polarization across race, class, religion, and political orientation or and discuss whether there is a path toward reunification.

Panelists for this event included Michele Norris, Jelani Cobb, Carolyn Lukensmeyer, and Suzanne Nossel. The panel was moderated by Roger Worthington.

For more information about VOICES of Social Change, including upcoming events, please visit their webpage at thestamp.umd.edu/leadership_community_service-learning/programs/voices_of_social_change

VOICES of Social Change, Adele H. Stamp Student Union