Difficult Dialogues: Techniques for productive discussions of controversy in the classroom

Wednesday, February 12, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, in 023 Dunbar Library.

Led by Kimberly Barrett, Ph.D., Vice President, Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement.

For some subjects the best way to promote learning and development on the part of students is to teach about controversial topics. Even when we try to avoid conflict it sometimes finds its way into the classroom and must be addressed. This session will present strategies for productive discussion of controversial issues and difficult diversity dialogues. Best practices about how to use potentially controversial material as an effective teaching technique based on the scholarship of teaching and learning as well as the personal experiences of presenters and workshop participants will be shared. The session will be highly interactive and focus on how to help students learn to examine critically and debate civilly issues that have personal significance.