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Blackboard Jungle 11 Symposium

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Please join the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs for the 11th annual Blackboard Jungle Symposium, The University: A Sanctuary or an Arena? Fostering Inclusive and Difficult Conversations, scheduled on March 22 & 23, 2018. A keynote presentation and discussion will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Dudley H. Davis Center. This event is free and open to the public.

On Friday, March 23, 2018, there will be a full day of symposium panels and workshops that are designed to support UVM faculty, staff, and all others seeking to develop skills, knowledge, and a deeper understanding of diversity that supports excellence in teaching, service, and research. The symposium sessions are dedicated to creating “open spaces” where all members of our community can participate in authentic dialogue, valued reflection, and expanded learning to promote inclusive excellence for all.

As protests, marches, and other forms of activism have erupted across college and university campuses, the importance of fostering environments that are intellectually challenging but also respectful and safe for all students, staff, and faculty becomes even more clear. How can we talk across divides and bring about a respectful and open exchange of ideas, perspectives, and beliefs? How can we honor identities and insist on freedom of expression? Can the university campus offer a model of productive discourse in a divided society? Inside and outside classrooms, these are among the central problems faced by the twenty-first century university and beyond.

Jelani Cobb, Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and staff writer at The New Yorker, will be the luncheon keynote speaker.

More information will be available soon on our website.