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President Schutt invites students to sign up for dinners in which he and attending students will discuss topics relating to race relations on campus.
Last spring I held several buffet dinners for small groups of students interested in talking about national issues that were current then, including the White House order restricting travel, the possible repeal of “Obamacare,” and the phenomenon of “fake news.” Students who attended the dinners expressed a range of political opinions, and I really appreciated their willingness to hear and consider viewpoints other than their own.
I would like to host two or three more such dinners this fall. Given the importance of recent campus conversations about race relations and the College’s commitment to embrace diversity, I am especially interested in following up on these topics, but I am also very willing to talk about other issues that you have in mind. I always benefit, in addition, from talking about steps the College could take to encourage meaningful campus conversations among students about difficult topics.
My goal is to have eight to ten students at each dinner. For the first two dinners this fall, I have reserved Conference Room 002 on the lower level of the Donnelley and Lee Library, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24 and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7. Depending on how many of you are interested, I may schedule one or two more dinners before the holidays. If you would like to join me on either October 24 or November 7, please contact Liz Palm at firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 5100. Thanks in advance, and best wishes.
Stephen D. Schutt
Lake Forest College