On a case by case basis, one could find examples where getting a heads-up on the subject matter being discussed in a university classroom might be helpful. But the broader trend of requiring trigger warnings and silencing alternative opinions is a much bigger issue, and some universities are starting to say that quiet part out loud, regardless of who gets offended. NYT (Gift Article): Should College Come With Trigger Warnings? At Cornell, It’s a ‘Hard No.’ A member of Cornell’s undergraduate student assembly believed her friend, who had recently testified about being sexually assaulted, “deserved a heads-up about the upsetting material. That day, she drafted a resolution urging instructors to provide warnings on the syllabus about ‘traumatic content’ that might be discussed in class, including sexual assault, self-harm and transphobic violence. The resolution was unanimously approved by the assembly late last month. Less than a week after it was submitted to the administration for approval, Martha E. Pollack, the university president, vetoed it.”

+ New faculty-led organization at Harvard will defend academic freedom.

+ If you’re gonna be triggered about something, be triggered about the suppression of content, not the sharing of it. “A small Texas county is weighing whether to shut down its public library system after a federal judge ruled the commissioners violated the constitution by banning a dozen mostly children’s books and ordered that they be put back in circulation.” And in another situation related to pushback against book bans, Missouri House Republicans vote to defund libraries.