On March 21, Judith Shulevitz published an op-ed in the New York Times criticizing the rise of “safe spaces” on college campuses across the United States. HPR writers analyze her controversial claims.
We need to accept that the world is not safe, and then we need to reject it and change it. Through all of this, safe spaces must have a place.
The term “safe space” implies that all other places are unsafe, and therefore should be made safer. That is exactly the point.
Shulevitz wants to talk about the right to free speech––but a better conversation would be about our responsibility to treat safe spaces not as a shield or censor, but as an integral part of the classroom.
Universities have decided to let safe spaces be. While practical in the short term, this is not a sustainable solution.
it can’t be ignored that Harvard is still near or past parity in almost every category. This raises a more normative question: what are we aiming for? Is parity the goal, in which case we have almost all achieved it? Or, do we want to go beyond parity?
Harvard’s music department is an excellent resource for students interested in jazz, classical, and even electro-acoustical music. In addition, well-established a cappella groups and choirs provide ample opportunities for vocalists, but there is very little institutional support for musicians interested in pursuing less-traditional genres.