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Discussing Difficult and Sensitive Topics in Your Teaching and Research Spaces

Discussing contentious and difficult topics in the classroom and in research environments can be an essential part of the learning experience. These topics provide opportunities for deepening understanding of complex issues and learning about different perspectives and approaches, but they can also create dynamics that are not consistent with the values of constructive, respectful and inclusive dialogue. Faculty must also navigate the fine line between the important tenets of academic freedom and respectful engagement with all students. In this interactive workshop, faculty will discuss strategies and best practices to foster learning environments where such meaningful and constructive dialogues can take place, and discuss how to manage challenging conversations and interactions in the classroom. Speakers: Joseph Blocher, Lanty L. Smith Distinguished Professor of Law; Alexander Glass, Senior Lecturer of Earth & Climate Sciences; Deondra Rose, Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy Moderator: Gary Bennett, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Eligible for RCR credit.


Panel/Seminar/Colloquium, Teaching & Classroom Learning, Webcast, Workshop/Short Course