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Call Number: *Available through Salt Spring Island Public Library through Inter-Library Loan
Publication Date: 2015-06-18
"... Trigger Warnings and other measures to ‘protect’ sensitive students from potentially offensive material have spread from American universities across the Atlantic and the internet.Hume argues that without freedom of expression, our other liberties would not be possible. Against the background of the historic fight for free speech, Trigger Warning identifies the new threats facing it today and spells out how unfettered freedom of expression, despite the pain and the problems it entails, remains the most important liberty of all." [Summary abstract from Amazon.ca]
Call Number: *Available from Thompson Rivers U. Library through Inter-Library loan
Publication Date: 2016-04-06
"The academy is in crisis. Students call for speakers to be banned, books to be slapped with trigger warnings and university to be a Safe Space, free of offensive words or upsetting ideas. But as tempting as it is to write off intolerant students as a generational blip, or a science experiment gone wrong, they’ve been getting their ideas from somewhere. Bringing together leading journalists, academics and agitators from the US and UK, Unsafe Space is a wake-up call. From the war on lad culture to the clampdown on climate skeptics, we need to resist all attempts to curtail free speech on campus. But society also needs to take a long, hard look at itself. Our inability to stick up for our founding, liberal values, to insist that the free exchange of ideas should always be a risky business, has eroded free speech from within." [Summary from Amazon.com]
"The article discusses the benefits received by students who are trauma survivors on trigger warnings. It mentions that trigger warnings are practice originated in Internet communities, primarily for the benefit of people with post-traumatic stress disorder. It notes the importance of trigger warnings for all students and classroom environments." [Summary from the author] [This piece is a counterpoint to article below: "Trigger warnings should not be used in college classrooms"]
"The article offers the author's view regarding the application of trigger warnings in classrooms of universities and colleges in the U.S. She outlines some reasons not to use trigger warnings in classroom. She mentions that trigger warnings are practice originated in Internet communities, primarily for the benefit of people with post-traumatic stress disorder." [Summary from the author] [This piece is a counterpoint to the article above: "Trigger warnings are good for all students"]
"... When the focus of the course is historical trauma there are significant epistemological and ethical reasons empathetic understanding may not be our best pedagogical strategy ... I advocate replacing empathetic understanding with engaged witnessing as a pedagogical framework and strategy for teaching traumatic knowledge. To make this case, I delineate four qualities of engaged witnessing and demonstrate their use in teaching about the Holocaust." [Abstract excerpt from the author]
"The article discusses the use of trigger warnings for college class assignments to protect the psyches of students. Topics include the 2015 article "The Coddling of the American Mind," the relation of trigger warnings to student engagement, and the notion of a backlash against political correctness." [Abstract excerpt from the author]
"This essay criticizes higher academic culture in the U.S., asserting that trends focusing too much on protecting the sensitivities of college students are negatively affecting their education, mental health, and well being. Topics addressed include the phenomenon of "trigger warnings" or offense at not being warned of emotionally upsetting material in classes, accounts of negative mental health outcomes in response to these trends, and anecdotes from the authors' own experiences." [Summary from EBSCO]
"I happen to be both a millennial and, for the past two years, an assistant professor of philosophy. I’ve been using trigger warnings in my teaching — in cases when they seem appropriate — since I began to lecture ... to allow those who are sensitive to these subjects to prepare themselves for reading about them, and better manage their reactions. The evidence suggests that at least some of the students in any given class of mine are likely to have suffered some sort of trauma, whether from sexual assault or another type of abuse or violence. So I think the benefits of trigger warnings can be significant." [Article excerpt from the author] [Note: This article also references "The Coddling of the American Mind."]
Videos (not strictly literature, but interesting nonetheless!)
Christina Hoff Sommers (Host of The Factual Feminist blog) joins Dave Rubin to talk about trigger warnings, free speech, and safe spaces on college campuses across the country from Oberlin and Yale to University of Missouri. (24:47)
Are liberals shutting down speech and stifling intellectual diversity on campus? Or is this simply a myth propagated by conservatives, based on the preponderance of liberals at universities rather than intentionally discriminatory actions?
Content Notice: Here are a few Ways Professors use Trigger Warnings
In this week's episode of Code Switch's podcast, Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji talked to NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about trigger warnings. Then they asked college professors on Twitter and beyond to give ... a sense of how this is playing out in the classroom.. [From National Public Radio]
Policy statement regarding trigger warnings. "When institutions require or suggest that academic staff use trigger warnings, they are interfering with academic freedom to choose and use course materials and teaching methods." From the Canadian Association of University Teachers.