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Safe Enough Spaces: A Pragmatist’s Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness on College Campuses

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From the president of Wesleyan University, a compassionate and provocative manifesto on the crises confronting higher education

In this bracing book, Michael S. Roth stakes out a pragmatist path through the thicket of issues facing colleges today to carry out the mission of higher education. With great empathy, candor, subtlety, and insight, Roth offers a sane approach to
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Yale University Press
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Timothy Hall
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book, by the president of Wesleyan, generally hews to a middle course between the opponents of the supposed PC-culture of college campuses and the champions of identity politics. It’s strongest contribution comes toward the end, when the author proposes respect for “different diversities,” by which he means the need to include religious and conservative perspectives among the conversations of academic communities. Religious and conservative voices routinely make this point, but it’s asserti ...more
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Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
When considering whether to read Safe Enough Spaces, my mindset was "ought to read," not "want to read." Though I'm decades beyond my personal college experience, I have (often negative) opinions about today's colleges and students; however, my opinions are based on fragmentary insights, the occasional newspaper article or online post describing the latest campus outrage. I'm opinionated but poorly informed. So I decided I ought to read Safe Enough Spaces to be more fully informed on what is the current coll ...more
James Schisler
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
The author asks compelling questions, and comes to a nuanced conclusion about the use of affirmative action-esque ideas to support conservative and religious thought on campus. Along the way, the book wanders a decent bit, laying out the history of safe spaces and political correctness, critiquing all the while.
Dora Okeyo
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read this book because I went to a University, pursued a Bachelors degree-graduated, and the feeling of having been there and experienced the culture in the university I attended, made me relate to this book. My Mom often asks "how free is free?" And in the second part of this book the author delves into political correctness and then after that goes next into free speech and safe spaces.
I was intrigued by some insights in this book; one was that I had no idea that Kurt Lewin w
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This man knows not what he speaks of, a hypocrite.
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