Colleges and universities strive to be civil venues for the robust exchange of ideas on controversial issues; however, numerous faculty and administrators report a tendency to avoid controversial topics or to freeze when charged topics surface because they lack the necessary confidence and skills to ensure productive discussions. In this interactive book group, participants will focus on strategies to effectively engage students on controversial topics. Specifically, participants will 1) explore and practice strategies for effectively and proactively introducing appropriate controversial topics; 2) become aware of the broader context of the national Difficult Dialogues network, 3) briefly examine the rights and responsibilities of academic freedom, and 4) discuss how engaging difficult dialogues differs in an online context.
Libby Roderick, Event flyer
Difficult Dialogues Initiative
Teaching Academy Event
This book group meets Tuesdays, May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15.
Access the book Start Talking online as a pdf.