Jason Manning, a professor of sociology at West Virginia University, will present a free, public lecture entitled “Campus Conflict and Moral Culture” as part of the Campus Politics and Civil Liberties 2019-20 Speaker Series on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell’s Elaine Langone Center Gallery Theatre. The Bucknell Program for American Leadership and Citizenship is sponsoring the series, which features speakers from a diverse set of political backgrounds whose research and teaching interests, as well as personal experiences, led them to various kinds of critical perspectives about the climate for serious intellectual exchange on college campuses.
Manning is a theoretical sociologist who publishes on issues of conflict and social control, particularly self-destructive forms of violence such as protest suicide and suicide-terrorism. He has also written on issues of social and administrative control on college campuses. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, National Review, Skeptic Magazine, and other outlets.