Spending my day on a campus, feeling comfortable in my office, engaging students in discussions of ideas in the classroom, is a pretty good life.
This morning Inside Higher Ed posted an article asking "Is Anything Off Limits?," in which Stephen Joel Trachtenberg considered terrorist violence at universities.
Sadly, it is particularly fitting today, with an horrific disaster occuring at Virginia Tech. That this atmosphere of openness, of learning, of peaceful discourse could be disrupted by violence; that human beings could go to learn and be murdered; that a setting of optimism and promise for the young could be marred by bloodshed: this is as bad as can be imagined.
Statement from Virginia Tech President