You can't swing a cat on the internet without hearing someone's opinion on "triggers"; that is, "something that sets off a memory tape or flashback transporting the person back to the event of her/his original trauma", according to PsychCentral. Trigger warnings are considered polite on most forums when discussing potentially painful topics or sharing violent or graphic images. Common "triggers" are (consider yourself de facto warned) images of self-harm, discussion of child abuse, rape and the like.

Colleges have become hotbeds of discussion for this topic and many feel (perhaps validly) that trigger culture has gone too far. In some instances, professors have been kneecapped in their curriculum because students felt triggered by content in the course, which ironically is usually taught to shed light on injustices and examine these issues in an attempt to solve the root problems that lead to sexual assault, violence and racism. Many very liberal and well meaning professors have quit academia because they got frustrated by students that were either overly coddled, too sensitive or perhaps just lazy with a smoking gun excuse to get out of work.

Texas Tech's Department of Theater and Dance is tackling these issues with art. "Triggered" is set to run from March 30th-April 1st. According to the event calendar:

In Triggered, TTU Dance faculty and Bohny Family Fund guest artist, Nicole Wolcott, invite thoughts about things that "set us off": guns, aging and memory loss, addictions, and in Wolcott's work in particular, the pleasure inherent in the moving body—what she coins "the joy of dance." Nicole Wolcott is a choreographer, teacher and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. Called "One of today's finest dance comedians and a knockout dancer," by the New York Times, Nicole has enjoyed a long career with dance companies, rock bands and video artists around the country.

For tickets to "Triggered" call 806.742.3603.

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