While avoiding the orange-colored elephant in the room, Barack Obama’s first speaking engagement since leaving office was a success. Surrounded by six local students, he spoke on his role in helping prepare the next generation of leaders for what will come.
After traveling the world and enjoying a long overdue break/vacation/baecation with his wife Michelle, former president Barack Obama is coming home.
There’s a common belief that academia is absent of the same racism that can be found in the rest of the world. That comes with the assumption that education is the antithesis of ignorance. But that’s still yet to be proven as the number of hate crimes in the United States has spiked in recent weeks, with a considerable number of them occurring in schools.
The most recent incident occurred on the University of Chicago’s campus.
In a letter Dean of Students in the College John Ellison informed incoming first year students at the University of Chicago to expect an environment committed to freedom of inquiry and freedom of expression. He additionally warns students not to expect “intellectual safe spaces where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.”
Fraternity culture on college campuses can be controversial for a lot of reasons. The hyper-masculinity that comes from the all-male environment is only made worse when it’s full of young white men who are constantly trying to prove themselves to each other through problematic traditions.
Every now and then, something in the extremely private community of campus greek life leaks out to the public and exposes its much darker side. The most recent revelation involves a fraternity at the University of Chicago and leaked racist emails.
Transgender activist CeCe McDonald will address racism, transphobia and incarceration faced by transgender women of color during a keynote speech at the University of Chicago on Wednesday Oct. 15.
The program is hosted by the Office of LGBTQ Student Life and the Institute of Politics. It is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Spiritual Life Office, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.
For the entire week, the University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture will hold “Black Power! In Tribute to Fred Hampton.”
Several people were arrested Sunday afternoon during a protest at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
An estimated 50 protesters occupied the hospital, demanding that an adult trauma center be opened. There are no trauma centers on the South Side of Chicago.
University of Chicago police officers decided to use force to break up the demonstration, pulling out batons and violently shoving demonstrators out the door.