"Safe Enough Spaces" by Michael S. Roth

Safe Enough Spaces A Pragmatist's Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness on College Campuses Michael S. Roth

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
23 Nov 2021
ISBN:
9780300261554
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
160 pages: 210 x 140 x 16mm
Sales territories:
World

From the president of Wesleyan University, a compassionate and provocative manifesto on the crises confronting higher education

In this bracing book, Michael S. Roth stakes out a pragmatist path through the thicket of issues facing colleges today to carry out the mission of higher education. With great empathy, candor, subtlety, and insight, Roth offers a sane approach to the noisy debates surrounding affirmative action, political correctness, and free speech, urging us to envision college as a space in which students are empowered to engage with criticism and with a variety of ideas.
 
Countering the increasing cynical dismissal—from both liberals and conservatives—of the traditional core values of higher education, this book champions the merits of different diversities, including intellectual diversity, with a timely call for universities to embrace boldness, rigor, and practical idealism.

Michael S. Roth is president of Wesleyan University and a historian, curator, and teacher. His previous books include Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters.