Comment on Ethics and Trigger Warnings by Childpsychprof

I actually disagree – consider reading this “Inside Higher Ed” article written by seven humanities professors, against the use of trigger warnings (https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2014/05/29/essay-faculty-members-about-why-they-will-not-use-trigger-warnings). Summary of the main points: PTSD can be triggered by tiny things like smells, colors, etc., and can’t always be prevented even in the best case scenario. Professors are not trained in supporting or treating students PTSD, and should not have to take on that responsibility (refer out to those that are, like SSD/Cook). If your trigger warning is not broad enough, and something unexpectedly stirs emotion in a student, did you break your contract to warn them about triggers? This may lead to a culture of expecting to be warned about triggers. Teachers without tenure would be less willing to teach controversial subjects, and those in fields like queer or race studies, are more at-risk for complaints about triggering due to their subject matter. Including trigger warnings is not the same as university-wide social change programs.
Basically, teaching controversial issues (especially in the humanities) will be hampered by trigger warnings and threatens to become “sanitized” and PC, even in the bounds of trying to do what’s in the students’ best interest. Recommendations for other options instead are included at the bottom of the article.

Comment on Ethics and Trigger Warnings by A

I really like this post and the idea of a “trigger warning” as a way to take emotions seriously. I experienced something similar to this in a grad class here at VT called “Social Determinants of Health”. The professor didn’t include this in the syllabus, but stated on the first day: We will talk about very sensitive subjects in this class such as gender, race, socioeconomic status….etc. I think for me it was great to know and understand that going into the class, so you weren’t caught unaware when topics arose and emotions were expressed. I like the idea of including it on the syllabus however. Thanks!

Comment on Legacies Found and Lost. Wikipedia and Laika by Gardner

Hey Amy–this is extraordinary and moving and insightful–and it raises a question immediately: why not restore what was purged (a plangent word in this context, and one I’m sure you chose for just that reason)? The material is there. A rationale can be offered on the Talk page. Perhaps this time the material will stick, especially given that a Soviet historian contributed it. If you do this, please let me know; I’d love to tell the story of your intervention’s afterlife.

Also, if you don’t do it, I certainly will. :) But it’d be far better if you did it.

Comment on Tangential post with Asimov by safralin

The ICAT community playdates are often, right next to the NMS, the highlight of my week. Each Friday some cool person from the university community gives a short presentation in the ICAT Sandbox, located in the Moss Arts Center. They are every Friday at 8:30 am, and getting up early is totally worth it. I’m always surprised at the amazing things that people are doing on this campus. My goal is to make it to the playdate every week, and I’ll happily drag others along if they’re interested. :p