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Event: The Trap of Neutrality - March 1st

February 17, 2021 / PSU-AAUP

Event: The Trap of Neutrality - March 1st

On March 1st, from 12 to 1 pm, we will host a panel entitled "The Trap of Neutrality: Teaching in the Trump Years and Beyond." The highly polarized political climate during the Trump Presidency presented challenges to those of us in the classroom, challenges that are not going away soon. Three panelists will discuss their approaches to the way these challenges tested the default academic model of neutrality and impartiality. A certain model of neutrality may have always been a kind of trap but the recent crises to our democracy hand us an imperative to consciously articulate strategies to move beyond it. Panelists have devoted considerable thought to this topic and its implications for how we define academic freedom. They are Mark Rupert, Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University; Preston Mitchum, Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law School, and Vicki Reitenauer, Assistant Professor in the Women Gender and Sexuality Program at Portland State. Panelists will speak for thirty minutes and then we will open the floor for discussion.

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