Guest Speaker: Jay Ellison, Ph.D., Dean of Students, University of Chicago.
Dr. Jay Ellison, Dean of Students, University of Chicago, will speak on the topic, Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces: Discussing Questions of Freedom of Speech on Campus. In the last few years there has been an increased focus on issues of academic freedom and freedom of speech on college campuses in the United States. Much of the push against academic freedom and freedom of speech has come from within the academic community itself. Controversial speakers have been invited to campuses, only to be shouted down by people who disagree with their views; speakers have had their events canceled, sometimes due to their controversial ideas or out of campus safety concerns. Dr. Ellison will discuss the University of Chicago’s long-standing commitment to academic freedom which is not always easy or comfortable.
Dr. Ellison is the Dean of Students in the College at the University of Chicago. He founded two offices in the Dean of Students area, the Center for College Student Success (CCSS) dedicated to serving students from under resourced areas, first generation, and undocumented/DACAmented students, and the College Center for Scholarly Advancement (CCSA), which supports students and alumni in nationally competitive fellowship and scholarship competitions, and advises students planning to attend graduate school in the arts and sciences. He was named one of the top ten influencers in Higher Education for 2016 by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Ellison received his Ph.D. from Harvard (2002) in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.