Dr. Malcolm Allen "'Trigger Warnings' and 'Checking Your Privilege': News from the Contemporary University"
Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 - Noon to 1:05 p.m.
Machine Shed, Appleton
Directions: (Google Maps) Exit Hwy 41 at College Ave, go west one block to Mall Drive, turn right, go one block, turn right on Fox River Dr.
In short order, summer vacation will be finished and the young people in your life will be returning to school or college. And you can be certain that the evangelists of social justice (sic) and political correctness will be out in full force yet again, catechizing malleable youth in the unholy gospel of identity politics and victimization, along with the collectivist trinity of race, gender, and class warfare.
In addition to their usual tenets, this past spring the cultural Marxists added two new rhetorical weapons: “trigger warnings” and “checking your privilege.” Most of us welcome a warning when presented with unduly offensive material, and we consider empathy a mark of emotional maturity. But as you might suspect, advocates for these devices have something else in mind.
To explain these developments, Dr. Malcolm Allen will join us on Tuesday, August 26th. As one of those rarest of creatures, a conservative literature professor, Dr. Allen is uniquely situated to report on and explain manifestations of Marxist "critical theory" within our local universities.
Please join us. We meet at noon, order lunch, start at 12:05 p.m., and end at 1:05 p.m. Admission is free. Meal purchases and donations are encouraged.
Bio Sketch: Dr. Allen obtained his Ph.D. in English from Pennsylvania State University and taught at the University of Jordan before coming to UW-Fox Valley in 1990.
Further Resources regarding our last Forum:
- An audio recording of Dr. Townsend’s talk on “Legal Snares for Churches & Civic Organizations” can be downloaded here (link) and the video recording can be viewed on our new YouTube channel (link).
- There will be no luncheon on Tuesday, Sept 2nd. Meetings will resume on Sept 9th.
“I, Walter E. Williams do declare full and general amnesty and pardon to all persons of European ancestry for both their own grievances and those of their forebears against my people. Therefore, from this day forward Americans of European ancestry can stand straight and proud knowing they are without guilt and thus obliged not to act like damn fools in their relationships with Americans of African ancestry.”
-- Excerpt from Dr. Walter Williams’ satirical Proclamation of Amnesty and Pardon as found on his website (link).