As we return to campus this semester, many of us come back with strong feelings, thoughts, ideas and questions about events that have been in the news these past few months. Violence, racism, terrorist attacks, and the role of law enforcement have come across our screens and over the radio in a seemingly endless news cycle.
Our university is in a great position to bring people together and use our expertise to help our students, faculty and staff to try to understand these events in context and to provide a safe space where conversation can occur and diverse viewpoints can be shared and considered.
The Office of the Provost is sponsoring a year-long Campus Conversation. Each month, the series will have two parts. First, there will be a formal lecture or panel discussion on the topic of the month that will focus on the social, political, economic, and historical causes and context of the topic. This will be followed a week or two later by an open forum on the same topic that will provide more opportunity for conversations and dialogue.
The title of this year’s Campus Conversation is: What’s Going On and Why: How Can We Imagine a More Just Future? By studying and discussing these questions together, we can work towards a better understanding of the world we live in today and help chart a course towards a more peaceful future. The Campus Conversation will kick off on September 14th with a focus on the events of the Summer of 2016. Below is the schedule for the September events, and the topics for October and November. More details on those topics will follow soon. The conversation will continue next semester.
I hope you will join me and your fellow students, faculty and staff for these campus conversations.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Campus Conversation Schedule and Topics: