The University of Chicago issued a statement after a class called The Problem of Whiteness caused an uproar on social media earlier this month.
U. of C. sophomore Daniel Schmidt shared a tweet denouncing his class with more than 31,000 followers.
“Since I entered college a year ago, I have documented all the anti-white hatred I see on campus,” he wrote on Nov. 1. “Without a doubt, this is the most egregious example.”
“An important aspect of academic freedom is the instructor’s ability to design courses and curricula that can foster controversy and lead to disagreements,” said Dean of the U. of C.’s Department of Social Sciences. One Amanda Woodward said in a statement.
“Disagreements about course materials may arise, but the university will not cancel classes because of such differences. It applies to everyone.”
The Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Seminar, set up to be taught by cultural anthropologist Rebecca Journey in the winter semester, will “draw from the classical and contemporary works of Critical Race Theory and apply an anthropological lens. We look at the issue of whiteness through Course description.
In a Twitter thread, Schmidt shared Journey’s email.
The Maroon, the university’s student newspaper, report That journey delayed classes until the spring semester after receiving at least 80 offensive emails.
“These harassing emails contained death threats, veiled threats, sexual assault threats, misogynistic, racist and anti-Semitic language of all kinds,” she said. told Maroon.
Classes will be taught in the spring with the same title, description and content, she said.