SWAGS courses trouble all our assumptions at some point in addressing pleasure, power, sexuality, and danger. None of these intersecting axes can usefully interrogate the world without causing consternation. We therefore recognize the need to balance academic freedom of thought and choice of material with the sensitivities of our teachers and students. It is our intent, as members of this department and various disciplines, to find the ways by which reason and intelligence can protect all of us. Given the shared centrality of our conceptual and emotional lives to the pursuit of knowledge, SWAGS will use the classroom to mediate vulnerability with rationality and fear with thought.