Apr. 22, 2013

Update: Philosophy Department Colloquium


To the College Community:

Over the weekend, I was informed by Carlo Filice, chair of the philosophy department, that Professor Everett’s colloquium has been rescheduled for this Wednesday, April 24, from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m. in Kuhl Gymnasium in Merritt Athletic Center.  In addition, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy Heidi Savage will offer commentary after the presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by Professor Filice.  I am pleased that this scheduling change eliminates a conflict with our annual Take Back the Night walk, sponsored by the Womyn’s Action Coalition, at 6:30 p.m. this evening.

The College has been making good progress in building its sexual assault awareness program.  Take Back the Night has been observed for decades at Geneseo, and in recent years our students have enlarged the traditional march to a full week of events.  Two years ago, Professor Jenny Katz (Psychology) and Melinda DuBois, Administrative Director of Health and Counseling, led students, faculty and staff in a year of preparation for a campus-wide Sexual Assault Teach-In that drew hundreds of participants.  At that time, campus policies and resources were improved.  Much of that information is available here:  http://www.geneseo.edu/health/sexual-assault.

I wish to take this opportunity, again, to reaffirm Geneseo’s institutional commitment to sexual assault awareness and prevention, and the College’s support for sexual assault victims.  The College’s policies are clear, and I support them strongly.

The open exchange of ideas and opinions on our campus has been – and will remain – a core value critical to the liberal and liberating education Geneseo seeks to offer.  In their essence, liberal arts colleges like Geneseo are communities of discourse. Their value turns on the ability to support dialogue as a tool for the expression of different points of view and as a central feature in our educational process.  I invite all members of the College community to keep this in mind as we engage in the various events of the week.

Christopher C. Dahl