Magazine September 26, 2016, Issue

Community on Campus

The University of Chicago strikes a small blow for learning

There is a crisis of community at the modern American university, which is ironic, because the modern American university is all about “community”: the “community of learners” and the “athletic community,” the myriad “faith communities,” the “Black Community Services Center.” Freshmen at Harvard this year will participate in “Community Conversations,” which aims to help students “develop a sense of shared responsibility for upholding a compassionate and respectful community.”

But there is no surer sign of the absence of actual community on the American campus than the presence of “safe spaces,” “trigger warnings,” and the other trappings that are as much staples

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