UPDATE 11/7/13: The Campus posted a link to its recording of the “Unpacking Chance the Rapper” forum that happened on Monday (its at the bottom of the story). It’s really worth listening to no matter where you land on the issues surrounding Chance the Rapper performing at Midd (many different perspectives on his controversial lyrics, both critical and supportive, were voiced that evening). The discussion moved way beyond Chance the Rapper and into if and how we can become a safe and supportive community of individuals with many different intersecting identities. (LDubs)
UPDATE: If anyone wants to use the comments of this post to leave their impressions/thoughts from tonight’s discussion we encourage that (while acknowledging anonymous comments don’t always make for the richest dialogue). Also, after the discussion ended in Axinn 229, a member of Palana welcomed anyone who wanted to to head to Palana house (two streets behind proctor) to continue the discussion. (LDubs)
UPDATE: We were going to try to liveblog this discussion but quickly realized that liveblogging was not an appropriate platform to convey what’s going on in this packed room. There has already been a lot discussing and confronting really important and really sensitive issues–race, sexuality, oppression–(which does not happen enough at this school, we might add). Trying to capture a dynamic discussion on a liveblog led to butchering and simplifying what people were saying. Fortunately, we heard the Campus is recording this so we will let you know when that coverage goes up because what’s being discussed now should be heard outside Axinn 229. (LDubs)
Censorship. Homophobia. Free Speech. Hate speech.
These are all terms we’ve heard debated over the past few weeks in response to a recent incident of homophobia on campus and the controversy over Chance the Rapper’s lyrics.Want to be a part of the conversation about how we navigate these issues? Check out the forum “Unpacking Chance the Rapper: Exploring the complexities around Community, Artistic Expression and Academic Freedom” happening tonight from 7:00-8:30PM in Axinn 229.
As Dean of Students Katy Smith Abbott said in her all-student email last week, the forum will address the following questions:
· How do we uphold our community standards while still providing provocative and
interesting programming on campus?
· How do we as a community bring in outside speakers, performers, and artists to
Middlebury who might challenge our own ideas?
The candid conversations will be led by Asst. Professor and Chair of the Dance Program Christal Brown, Assoc. Professor of American Studies and Director of CCSRE Roberto Lint Sagarena, MCAB President Elizabeth Fouhey ’14, SGA President Rachel Liddell ’15, and Verbal Onslaught Lead-organizer Sadé Williams ’14.5.
WHAT: “Unpacking Chance the Rapper” forum
WHEN: Today, 10/4, 7:00-8:30PM
WHERE: Axinn 229