With the fall school semester underway, it is remarkable that this is the first time in U.S. history that K-12 schools and colleges have approached potential acts of violence so dissimilarly.
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For the first time in close to 20 years of university teaching and research, I find myself not particularly excited to begin the Fall semester.
The recent shooting murder of a professor and the shooter's suicide in the engineering building on the UCLA campus is a tragic reminder that on August 1 Texas public universities open their classrooms to guns.
"Still grading?" I asked my colleague, a professor at a Georgia college, as she carefully viewed her laptop a few weeks ago. "I'm finished with that," she told me. "Now I'm pricing bulletproof vests." She had good reason to do so.
Georgia's Governor Nathan Deal has to determine whether HB 859, the "Campus Carry" law passed by the Georgia legislature, should be signed. While I'm sure the authors of the bill had good intentions, it violates nearly every Republican principle on the books.
With a new "open-carry" law for handguns enacted on January 1st, complementing already highly-permissive existing laws governing semi-automatic rifles, hasn't Texas already done enough for freedom-loving Americans on the first day of 2016 alone? Nope.
"How do you criticize someone when you know or suspect that they have a firearm?"
Top scientist to challenge his state's controversial new 'campus carry' law.
What unnerved the department was that a black woman could be placed at the center of academic inquiry, and that black women's thought was proving more engaging to this generation of students than that of European feminists or American historians. In the quest for a safe space, will my Beyoncé course be the next to go?
To those who are still upset that campus carry became law, realize that it was because state legislators thought it was in our best interest, even though we made it very clear that we really did not want this. If there's anything to take from the passing of campus carry, it's that elections matter.
As we combat the obscene Texas law, I pray that public universities in Texas will come together and declare all classrooms, laboratories, dorms and restaurants gun-free. The law does provide a window for educators to designate some areas as "gun free."
In the aftermath of the gun massacre in Roseburg, the chorus of gun zealots already can be heard sounding the same cynical refrain they always chant -- more guns save lives and gun-free zones kill people. However, the tragedy's lasting lament is even louder -- guns don't belong in the classroom.
Ending sexual assault on campus is a multi-faceted task. It begins with engendering an atmosphere of respect for women in particular, a cultural shift that calls on men and women to become part of the solution, to intervene against assault and to disrupt situations that lead to assault.