• The ‘White’ to Freedom of Inquiry and Expression: Reading the University of Chicago's Letter to the Class of 2020.

    Author(s):
    Charles Gleek (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    TM Literary and Cultural Theory
    Subject(s):
    Sociology of race and ethnic relations
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    whiteness, higher education
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M62Q34
    Abstract:
    Debates over safe spaces and trigger warnings have become a regular part of campus discourse, especially in context with discussions over free speech, intellectual freedom, and the role that universities play in the social formation. In particular, the University of Chicago entered into the public fray surrounding safe spaces in the fall of 2016 with the publication of Dean Jon Ellison's letter to incoming Freshman students. I argue that the internal colorblindness of Dean Ellison's letter makes invisible the external racial inequalities of admission and participation at the University of Chicago. For those nonwhite students who happen to fit the university’s profile for admission, they may find a discursive and academic environment that at the one hand embraces a diversity of thought and yet adopts a market-oriented approach discourse which invariably positions them in unequal positions of power to pursue the freedom of inquiry and expression.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    7 months ago
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    Attribution-NonCommercial

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