This last week smoke descended on our campus from the fires raging all around us. But there have been many “fires” this semester, and thus mounting anxiety. Our students think of suicide, find themselves homeless, and require more DSP accommodations. It’s been a hard semester and we are only midway. Still, before the next assault, now is the time to place the vulnerability of our university in its wider context. The pieces by Wendy Brown on suspension of the social and Judith Butler on the justifications of violence give us food for thought. If you have the inclination, we will be pleased to publish other reflections on the university’s predicament, or its future.
Chair of the BFA.