by James A. Bacon
If you want to engage with other Wahoos to talk about sports, there are websites for that. If you want to connect with Wahoo parents, there are social media platforms for that. If you want to discuss governance at the University of Virginia, however, there is no forum. Some of the most contentious issues of our times — free speech, diversity, the cost of higher education, mental illness, safety, social justice — play out at UVa. We at the Jefferson Council are committed to provide a venue, this blog, where those controversies can be discussed in a civil, mutually respectful manner.
Yes, we have passionate views on those pressing issues, and so do some of our officers and supporters. But we don’t think we have a monopoly on the truth. Our vision is for UVa to be the most exciting university in America to learn, teach and create knowledge. Turning vision into reality requires a diversity of viewpoints and a willingness of students, faculty, staff, and alumni to challenge one another without fear of retribution. As proponents of free speech and open dialogue, we try to live up to our own ideals, not just by tolerating different views, but fostering debate that subjects our own views to critical analysis.
Accordingly, we are introducing the TJC Forum.
Opinion pieces will appear with the “TJC Forum” logo shown above.
We welcome all viewpoints — including those that differ from ours — and will publish them on this blog as long as they meet our editorial standards for civility and clarity of expression. We will reject material that engages in profanity, gratuitous insults or ad hominem attacks.
We also welcome comments on letters, columns and op-eds. We invite critique and counter-critique However, we will delete comments marked by profanity, gratuitous insults or ad hominem attacks.
Let the ideas fly! Let the debates begin!