On Thursday, March 24, from 5 p.m.–7 p.m. in the Harrison/Small Auditorium, Common Good, the Library-based organization dedicated to fostering conversation within the University community about issues relevant to higher ed, will join with the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center to co-sponsor a panel discussion of “trigger warnings.” Trigger warnings are cautions that material presented in class contains strong content that may upset some individuals.
Speakers will share perspectives on the purpose, role, and use of trigger warnings as well as their possibilities and pitfalls in the classroom and in our culture. The panel will include faculty members Jeff Rossman and Claire Raymond, who will moderate; counselors Cathy Erickson from the Women’s Center, and Erica Ruzek from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS); undergraduate students Laura Widener who works with Green Dot, and Carlos Lopez who wrote a piece on trigger warnings for the Cavalier Daily. The Library’s Purdom Lindblad and Jeremy Boggs will represent the Scholars’ Lab and speak about Take Back the Archive!
Those interested in attending, and who would like to know more about the subject, can learn more by reading the following articles suggested by Teaching & Learning Librarian and Common Good founder Maggie Nunley: “The Coddling of the American Mind” by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, “Why I Use Trigger Warnings” by Kate Mann, and “Trigger Warnings: The Good, the Bad, the Pancakes” by Joni Edelman.
Please visit the Facebook event page to learn more about the upcoming panel discussion.