The University of Chicago is an intellectually elite school that can make fun of its seriousness. The slogans on undergraduate T-shirts immortalize it as “The level of hell Dante forgot” or the school “Where fun comes to die.” They’re only half-joking.
Chicago students take pride in being self-motivators with intellectual curiosity, eager to debate trendy “truths” and expose squishy emotional approaches that elevate feelings over facts. So it’s hardly surprising that it’s one of the first elite universities to rebel against the corrosive influences that, like kudzu, have swarmed across the ivy-covered inner sanctums of higher education.
“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’” John Ellison, dean of students, wrote to members of the Class of 2020. He continued, saying, “We do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.”
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