January 20, 2014
Thorny Exchanges on Campus Can Hold Educational Value
Chitose Suzuki, N.Y. Daily News
Politically charged ideas are a mainstay on many campuses. So is the controversy they provoke.
When handled poorly, such incidents trace a familiar arc: Initial expression begets umbrage, which spurs real or perceived overreaction, followed by vows to better handle highly charged disagreements the next time.
A sociology professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder recently had to ward off administrators' concerns that her in-class