The latest book from Matthew H. Bowker, Ph.D., a clinical assistant professor in Medaille’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, was released in February. A Dangerous Place to Be: Identity, Conflict, and Trauma in Higher Education was co-authored with David P. Levine and published by Routledge.

Dr. Bowker’s book investigates recent conflictual events on college and university campuses, including protests directed at university leaders deemed victimizers, debates over the inclusion of “trigger warnings” on course materials, demands for “safe spaces,” denials of venue to controversial speakers, rejections of free speech as a norm governing campus interactions, and calls for the resignation or expulsion of students, faculty and administrators.

The book has earned praise from colleagues like Jeremy Elkins, associate professor of political science at Bryn Mawr College. “In A Dangerous Place to Be, Matthew Bowker and David Levine not only bring a fresh and lively new perspective to these issues, but — and this is the great achievement of the book — recast the very terms of the question,” Elkins writes. “Focusing on the place of colleges and universities as transitional spaces between family and civil society, Bowker and Levine argue that the character of controversies over race, trigger warnings, and campus speech must be understood within the context of, on the one hand, early identity formation, and, on the other, the changing economic functions of the university.”

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