June 17, 2019
UA Hosting Controversial Issues in Higher Education Symposium
TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona is hosting its fourth annual Controversial Issues in Higher Education Symposium on June 27. Formerly focused on constitutional matters, this year's program will be expanded to encompass a wider range of controversial issues, examining provocative topics that inform contemporary practice in higher education and ultimately shape the experience of today's students and professors.
Speakers and thought leaders from around the country will explore issues surrounding college athletics, Title IX, campus free speech and immigration.
"We are proud to host such a diverse and esteemed array of speakers exploring these important and timely topics," said Kendal Washington White, the UA's vice provost for campus life and dean of students. "The UA is committed to providing a forum for an open, honest and meaningful dialogue in regard to these issues."
Victoria Jackson, a sports historian and lecturer of history in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University, will serve as the event's keynote speaker. Her address, titled "Black Athlete Labor Pays for White Athlete Privilege, and Other Ways American College Sports Should Make Us All Uncomfortable," seeks to develop historical and experiential contextual layers to explore the racial and economic divides in college sports.
The plenary session, titled "Free Speech on Campus: What's Different This Time Around, and What's Next," will be hosted by Howard Gillman, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine. Gillman will discuss what distinguishes contemporary debates from earlier debates, and how these differences will impact the shape of the debate in the years to come.
Breakout session topics include:
Admission is free for all UA faculty, staff and students. For non-UA affiliates, general registration costs $125. Attendees also have the option to earn a CLE Certificate of Attendance.
To request disability-related accommodations, please contact Janis Gallego, deputy director of the Department of Title IX, Equity and Inclusion, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The morning keynote and the afternoon plenary talks will be captioned. Additionally, all sessions in the North Ballroom will be captioned. Captioning for other sessions is available upon request. ASL interpreters are also available upon request. All spaces are wheelchair accessible, with accessible restrooms. There are also accessible parking spaces south of the Student Union in the Second Street Garage and adjacent surface lot.
Registration ends at 10 p.m. on June 20. For more information, visit cihe.arizona.edu.
Department of Title IX, Equity and Inclusion
|The University of Arizona, a land-grant university with two independently accredited medical schools, is one of the nation's top 50 public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1885, the UA is widely recognized as a student-centric university and has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The UA ranked in the top 25 in 2018 in research expenditures among all public universities, according to the National Science Foundation, and is a leading Research 1 institution with $687 million in annual research expenditures. The UA advances the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships as a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $4.1 billion annually.|