away from the blog last week it seems like everyone was talking about teaching and "trigger warnings." I am not sure how all this got started, but I did find Jenny Jarvie's piece at The New Republic and Joe Adleman's post at The Junto to be informative. In the context of a history class a "trigger warning" is used by the instructor to alert students that a topic is about to be introduced that could be offensive or cause negative reactions.
Earlier this week, NYU's Jonathan Zimmerman posted a mock U.S. survey course syllabus complete with trigger warnings. Hilarious. Here is a taste: