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When targeting 'micro-aggression' runs afoul of academic freedom

To the editor: Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro coauthored an Op-Ed article that advocates avoidance of words some might find offensive. But the piece didn't go into what action universities should take in such cases. ("Baby boomers, don't be so quick to mock colleges on 'trigger warnings' and 'micro-aggressions,'" Op-Ed, Aug. 30)

Remarkably, Schapiro failed to mention his own university's misadventure in the case of film professor Laura Kipnis, who wrote a column on her campus' sexual harassment policies that some students...