Vol. XXXI 2019


Can academe rise to 21st-century challenges of science and technology, specialization and humanistic education, the free flow of information vs. censorship, democracy vs. dictatorship?  Interdisciplinary approaches to learning are gaining traction, breaking down walls, with buildings designed ideally as welcoming open spaces encouraging communities of learners across disciplines, fields, and specializations, reflecting the aspiration of a true liberal arts education.  Yet, observers bemoan the increasing politicization of the academy and the threat to free speech posed by censorship.  The ideological polarization in society is reflected by academe where “political correctness” and its emphasis on race, ethnicity and gender buttress non-negotiable demands of identity politics endangering equally the educational mission of universities and the possibilities of popular self-government which presupposes compromises.  On some college campuses, demands for speech codes, trigger warnings, safe spaces, sensitivity training, and intolerance of opposing viewpoints run counter to the ideal of open dialogue.  Beyond postmodernism, transcendent normative standards offer an Archimedes point for charting more felicitous policies affirming human dignity, civility, and personal responsibility.  The question arises: Can academe retrieve its true calling of training not only for jobs but also for responsible citizenship in a democracy, which presupposes freedom of thought and speech, and the promise of education as free inquiry?

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