I cannot reply to all the readings I have done on safe spaces and trigger warnings this week, so I wanted to cite a few before continuing from my earlier post:
- Paul Chancey linked me to a Chicago PBS televised discussion about these topics, as related to the recent University of Chicago letter.
- Daniel P. Franke cited me in their recent post, which includes additional readings of various opinions for and against safe spaces and trigger warnings.
I disagree with some points raised by Franke, and with some points in the readings linked in their post (although I recommend reading just about anything by Sara Ahmed). But as with any debate, I appreciate getting to read counter-arguments to points I was raising about why safe spaces and trigger warnings are valuable teaching tools.
Some of Franke’s links include:
- Alan Levinovitz, “How Trigger Warnings Silence Religious Students”
- Conor Friedersdorf, “Grading the University of Chicago’s Letter on Academic Freedom”
- Tyler B. Kissinger’s discussion on Twitter
- fivefifths, “Straw Freshmen: Why the War on Campus PC Culture Is Bullshit”
- Sara Ahmed, “Against Students”
- Kevin Gannon, “UChicago’s anti-safe spaces letter isn’t about academic freedom. It’s about power” (already cited in my previous post)
- David M. Perry, “ ‘PC Policing’ by Student Activists Is a Red Herring”
Chancey also had an additional question for me:
“How do you think safe spaces/trigger warnings can/should help prep students for [the] ‘real world’?”
My lengthy response is below.