Thank you for the kind and thoughtful note.
I recognize negative campus experience exist for many members of the UChicago community, some of them are good friends of mine. My own UChicago experience is also not all sunny and rosy :) but it is my firm belief that limiting freedom of expression and inquiry is not the solution.
I acknowledge the harsh blunt tone of the letter and the potential for misunderstandings. There has since been official clarifications on the statements w.r.t. trigger warnings and safe space: the former is not mandated nor encouraged, but not prohibited (nothing will happen to the instructor in your hypothesis, at least not from the school admin.; maybe some students will protest usage of trigger warnings; that’s their freedom too ^_^); the latter takes the distinction of campus-at-large VS sub-entities or private space on campus.
Speakers are invited to campus because there is interest from the campus community to listen to what they have to say. The administrators should not be deciding if one group’s objection trumps another group’s interest: that would be the administrators being “in charge” :)
Thanks again for taking the time to read my doodlings and share your thoughts on this important issue!