URI ‘Diversity Week’ Surprisingly Hosts Pro-Jordan Peterson Session
“will focus not just on skin-deep diversity, but also diversity of ideology”
It’s amazing that the University of Rhode Island would include Peterson in such an event. Good for them.
Campus Reform reports:
University ‘Diversity Week’ hosts pro-Jordan Peterson session
The University of Rhode Island’s 22nd annual Diversity Week will include a session dedicated to the teachings of Dr. Jordan Peterson, presenting them in what appears to be a positive light.
The school’s Multicultural Center is hosting the event, which will focus not just on skin-deep diversity, but also diversity of ideology. This is reflected in the 2018 theme, “Youth Activism Across Identities, Issues and Ideologies.”
The session that will be led by Peterson is titled “Youth Culture” and will be based off Peterson’s book, 12 Rules for Life.
“Younger generations face challenges and difficulties that many of their parents never went through, and for which many feel unprepared,” the University of Rhode Island program description for Peterson’s session reads. “Living in a chaotic world is never easy, but with some basic tips it can become manageable and, just maybe, enjoyable.”
While speaking with Campus Reform, Peterson noted that he was surprised by his inclusion in the diversity-themed event, adding, “it seems like it could be a good thing.”
“When I first received the [event description]…I thought that any comments of my book in a diversity initiative would be thoroughly negative, but it doesn’t look like it,” the University of Toronto professor and best-selling author said.
“I can’t help but see it as a positive thing. Hopefully, more of that sort of thing will happen because the book concentrates on the development of resilience,” Peterson added.
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I lived in RI until 2009 — and recall that, perhaps as a reaction to the suppressing dominance of Democrats there — in the late 1990’s / early 2000’s there was a vibrant College Republican presence at URI and Roger Williams University. The URI chapter in particular (under Ryan Bilodeau) was creative in poking the bear (e.g., things like “Coming Out Conservative” day). In some respects, they were ahead of their time in taking on the ever more stifling political correctness.
In my own way, also attributable in part to my experience in Rhode Island, I’ve contributed to the backlash against Cultural Marxism’s “diversity” — such as “Twelve Questions for Fauxcahontas and Her Progressive Tribe” here: http://www.trevorloudon.com/2018/09/twelve-questions-for-fauxcahontas-and-her-progressive-tribe-part-i-of-iii/