Microaggressions and Trigger Warnings 101: Scholarship in the Age of Emotional Sensitivity

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There's a growing concern on college campuses that scholarship is suffering at the hands of emotional sensitivity. Critics argue that trigger warnings and avoiding microagressions are taking precedent over intellectual discourse. Still, others say that feeling safe and respected are prerequisites for any learning environment. We'll discuss the realities of today's classroom, where students and professors bring their trauma and prejudice along with them.


Derald Wing Sue, professor of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the author of Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

Elena Marchetti-Bowick, student, Stanford University

Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at the NYU-Stern School of Business and author of "The Righteous Mind"

Homay King, professor of history of art, Bryn Mawr College