Try to Love the Questions
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue.”
-Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Because of their unique roles expanding and challenging previously-understood ideas and teaching young adults to think critically, universities zealously protect freedom of speech—even when, as is the case with private universities, they have the institutional power to limit speech based on offensive content. Higher education is, and should be, an experience where students are exposed to unfamiliar ideas and new perspectives—in the classroom and beyond.
Try to Love the Questions: From Debate to Inquiry in the College Classroom will explain what free speech means and offer a framework for productive, truthful discourse that is honest, intellectually rigorous, and respectful.
The text engages with the challenges facing college students as they prepare to embark on the learning experience on their own and in their new community: It will lay out a path through the speech and inclusion thicket, viewing free expression as the engine of social good, and inclusive, respectful communication as a powerful tool- not a limitation on freedom.