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Lecture: "Equality, Neutrality, and Animosity: Reflections from a Reluctant Administrator"

Monday, December 4, 2017 | 4 p.m. | Classroom and Office Building 2, Room 290
Reception to Follow in Classroom and Office Building 2, Room 290

Jerry Kang - Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion UCLAIn this talk, Vice Chancellor Jerry Kang, UCLA, will discuss how universities should address the rising tide of political and social animosity, where sharp disagreement prevails not only about values but also the facts. On the one hand, the University should promote a certain form of disinterested neutrality, for both political and pedagogical reasons. On the other hand, the University should promote fundamental commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Can both goals be realized simultaneously? Should they be? Vice Chancellor Kang will grapple with these conceptual questions and also apply them concretely to issues such as "hate speech," "microaggressions," and "safe spaces" based on his tenure as a reluctant administrator.