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.