A campus conversation

A campus conversation

What you need to know about tonight's "Moving Beyond Digital Hate"


The event was prompted by racist and sexist comments posted online about Chancellor Phyllis Wise for her decision to keep the University of Illinois campus open during a cold spell last week, when several other universities canceled classes. The event was originally scheduled for Tuesday evening but was moved because of a winter storm watch that night.


The schedule change means that Wise will not be taking part. She had already planned to attend a meeting in Santa Monica, Calif., at the Rand Corp. where she is a board member. Wise will instead deliver recorded comments to the audience.


The event is designed for students, faculty, staff and members of the community to talk about how the use of social media affects the campus community.


It's set to start at 7:30 p.m. and is expected to last for about two hours.


Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U. The theater holds 1,800 and four microphones will be set up for audience participation.


— Student body President Damani Bolden will deliver an opening welcome and introduce the video from Wise.

— Two professors will moderate the discussion with the audience: Chris Benson, associate professor of journalism and African-American studies who has researched hate crimes; and Yoon Pak, associate professor of education and Asian-American studies.

— Bolden and two other students will then discuss "what we can take away as Illinois students and impelement in our daily lives. We didn't want this to be a conversation with students griping and groaning about issues at Illinois, but to really make it a teachable moment," Bolden said. "I hope that it really sparks meaningful conversation."

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