The Diversity & Inclusion Committee is holding an open forum for members of the English department community to reflect on and discuss the recent and ongoing incidents of racist and other forms of hate speech in our building, around campus and on other campuses nationwide.
The forum aims to address the department's response to the white-supremacist flyers that have been posted in Denney, to put these incidents into historical and social context, and to discuss the pedagogical challenges they and the larger political climate of the moment present. Our aim is not only to send the message that we are opposed to white supremacy and hate speech, but to support those targeted and to reflect on policies and practices in our own department that need to change.
Lunch will be provided. There is, of course, no pressure to attend; we recognize that the timing of the event, falling as it does on the very valuable reading day before finals, is not ideal for undergraduates. Know, though, that you are welcome to attend and that there will be other opportunities to engage around these and related topics during spring semester.