Disagreeing on Difficult Issues: Sexual Harassment
Monday, March 19, 2018
4:30 p.m.–6 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.)
72 East Concord Street
Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People Provided
In divisive times, it is more important than ever to provide spaces where complex and competing ideas can be discussed in the context of civility and respect. We believe that having such conversations is possible if we can affirm the dignity of all participants and accommodate the possibility of conflict. This discussion series, “Disagreeing on Difficult Issues,” is meant to help create space for these discussions on our campus.
Partners include Emelia Benjamin, Associate Provost of Faculty Development and Diversity, Boston University Medical Campus, and Rafael Ortega, Associate Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Boston University School of Medicine.
Caryl Rivers, Professor, Journalism, Boston University College of Communication
She blogs regularly on media and politics for the Huffington Post, is a regular commentator for the award-winning website Women’s e news and her op-eds have appeared in many national publications, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. Her latest book (of the 14 she has written) is The New Soft War On Women (Tarcher/Penguin) with Brandeis Senior Scholar Rosalind Barnett. It was an Oprah Top Ten Choice. Professor Rivers has co-authored a series of award-winning books with Barnett on the behavioral sciences that debunk myths about women, men, and society.
Her best-selling novels, published around the world, spring from her experiences as a journalist. They have recently been published online by Diversion Press. The Chicago Tribune says, “Few writers are as funny and none funnier, yet she is capable of wrenching your heart and soul.” Her coming-of-age novel Virgins sold a million copies around the globe. Her books have been selections of the Literary Guild, Book of the Month, Doubleday Book Club and Troll Book Club.
Kenneth Elmore, Associate Provost and Dean of Students, Boston University
His duties as dean of students include advising student organizations, planning ways to acclimate students to the University, setting and regulating standards, offering academic support, and helping students navigate career goals, as well as ensuring that the University experience is accessible and creating a vibrant and welcoming living-learning environment. The offices reporting to Elmore—the Community Service Center, Disability Services, Howard Thurman Center, Judicial Affairs, Orientation, Residence Life, and Student Activities—respond to student concerns, help students solve their problems, and help them build communities.
Appointed in 2003, Elmore has more than 25 years of administrative experience in higher education. Prior to his appointment, he managed orientation programs, campus activities, and residence operations at Boston University. He also has practiced law within the Boston area. Elmore earned an AB in psychology from Brown University; an MEd in policy, planning, and administration from Boston University; and a JD from New England Law.