Civicness and Trigger Warnings

I saw these two articles and thought it might be interesting, helpful and even applicable to the upcoming assignment.

As we think about our civic responsibilities and actions, we’re extremely cautious about sensitive material we find ourselves discussing in class that might offend (which we try to avoid at all costs) and conversations that makes us feel uncomfortable.  The following (2) articles provides some information on how some have addressed this in the academy.

The following is a brief intro copied directly from the article: A Brief Guide to the Battle Over Trigger Warnings by Sharon Brown –The Chronicle of Higher Education

What are trigger warnings?

“In academic settings, they are written or spoken warnings given by professors to alert students that course material might be traumatic for people with particular life experiences.

Beyond that, the meaning of the term depends on whom you ask. Some say that issuing such warnings is a matter of common sense, and that faculty members have been making such statements for decades. To Kate Manne, an assistant professor of philosophy at Cornell University, they are “a basic courtesy.” In one of her courses, she teaches about mass rape during genocide, among other difficult topics, and she warns students about the content in advance.”  Read full article here. 

And the second article “How 3 Professors Use Trigger Warning in Their Classrooms” by Emma Pettite–The Chronicle of Higher Education  Read full article here.


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