In 1961, the former chancellor of UC Berkeley and president of the University of California System, Clark Kerr, famously said, "The University is not engaged in making ideas safe for students. It is engaged in making students safe for ideas." Former University of Nevada, Reno President Milt Glick was very fond of quoting this. He made it a part of our University's intellectual history, and today we stand proudly behind the idea by fostering University-wide dialogues.
These dialogues serve to prepare our students for the world outside of the University, for approaching multi-faceted, difficult issues that don't lend themselves to clear solutions. They also keep lines of communication open across the University, vital for any institute of higher learning. We encourage faculty, staff and students all to attend these dialogues, to speak and be heard in open forum.