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A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education

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Start Talking Handbook Table of Contents

Introduction

Who We Are

Ground Rules

Faculty Intensive, Day One

Tales from the Trenches

Technique: Tales from the Trenches

Academic Freedom

Essay - Academic Freedom: A Basic Guide (James Liszka)
Case Study - Language
Case Study - Art
Case Study - Politics

Establishing Discussion Rules

Establishing Discussion Rules
Technique - Code of Conduct
Essay - Creating Classroom Norms (Sharon Araji)

At Stake: Faculty Performance

Essay - Contrapower Harrassment on Campus: Incidence, Consequences, Implications (Claudia Lampman)

Safety

Technique - Basic Self Defense
Technique - Situationally Appropriate Response
Essay - Recognizing and Responding to Disruptive Students (Bruce Schultz)

Pausing for Reflection

Pausing for Reflection
Technique -  Silence
Technique - Quick Writing

Balancing Safety and Risk

Essay - What Instructors Can Do to Safely Facilitate Controversial Discussion (Bettina Kipp)

Difficult Dialogue - Meeting Learner Expectations

Technique - Critical Incident Questionnaire
Difficult Dialogue Meeting Learner Expectations

Start Talking - Questions for Discussion

Start Talking - Questions for Discussion

Rhetoric, Debate

Faculty Development, Day Two

Faculty Intensive, Day Two

Speaking the Language

Speaking the Language

Rhetorical Questions

Exercise - Question Yourself
Technique - Questions and Categories
Essay - Rhetoric and the Method of Democracy (Kerri Morris)

Rhetorical Purposes

Essay - Approaching Argument: Different Voices, Different Perspectives (Marilyn Barry)
Technique - Five Ways to Look at It

Debate

Essay - Debate as a Pedagogical Tool (Steven Johnson)
Technique - Classroom Debate
Sample Assignment - Public Policy debate
Essay - The Power to Choose (Bogdan Hoanca)

Combining Elements - The Justice Talking Format

Technique - Radio Program
Essay: Composing Controversy - Moving from Dialogue to Debate with a Justice Talking Radio Program
Case Study - Science Today (Jacqueline Cason)
Case Study - Grammatical Correctness: Die-Hard Standards v. Bleeding Heart Revisionists (Kerri Morri

Difficult Dialogue

Difficult Dialogue - Majorities and Minorities

Start Talking

Start Talking - Questions for Discussion

Race, Class, Culture

Faculty Development, Day Three

Speaking the Language, Day Three

Identity

Technique - Identity Groups

Privilege

Essay - White Privilege (Libby Roderick)
Technique - Encircled Circle

Culture

Essay - Using The Tortilla Curtain to Teach About Privilege (Nelta Edwards)
Sample Discussion of The Tortilla Curtain (Betty Buchan)
Technique - Using a Book to Explore Cultural Difference

Circle of Objects

Technique - Circle of Objects
Essay - Encouraging Cultural and Socioeconomic Sensitivity (Maureen Austin)
Essay - Using the Circle of Objects to Teach about Place (Paul Ongtooguk)
Essay - Coming to Terms with the Circle of Objects: Resistance and Transformation (Tracey Burke)

Voicing Minority Views

Technique - Hatful of Quotes
Exercise - Quotes from our Hat
Essay - Using Quotes to Affirm and Challenge: Effective Teaching Strategy and Discussion Builder (De

The Five Minute Rule

Technique - Five Minute Rule
Exercise - Believe This (Niqsaq and Napaaqtuq)
Essay - The Five Minute Rule (Kerri Morris)

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Essay - Culturally Responsive Teaching (Libby Roderick)

Difficult Dialogue - Fitting Everything In

Difficult Dialogue - Fitting Everything In

Start Talking - Questions For Discussion, Day Three

Start Talking - Questions For Discussion, Day Three

Science, Religion

Faculty Development, Day Four

Faculty Intensive, Day 4

Starting the Conversation, Day Four

Starting the Conversation, Day Four
Technique - Role Playing
Technique - Using a Book to Explore Religion and Politics
Essay - Using The Handmaid’s Tale in a Social Science Seminar on Gender (Claudia Lampman)
Essay - Responding to a Class Crisis (Joy Mapaye)
Technique: Cocktail Party

Staying in the Conversation

Essay - Theological Arguments for Staying in the Conversation (Greg Kimura)

Framing the Conversation

Technique - Panel Discussion and Dialogue
Essay - An Evolutionary Tale Transforming an Attitude (Leslie Cornick)
Essay - Laying the Groundwork for an Appreciation of Science (Travis Rector)
Technique - Class Research Project
Essay - Owning up to the Discipline An Approach to Dealing with Religion and Politics in the Literat
Technique - Reframing the Discussion

Difficult Dialogue - Native Ways of Knowing

Difficult Dialogue - Native Ways of Knowing

Start Talking - Questions for Discussion, Day Four

Start Talking - Questions for Discussion, Day Four

Business, Politics, Social Justice

Faculty Intensive, Days 5-365

Faculty Intensive, Days 5-365

Business

Dialogue - Using Film to Spark a Community Discussion: Lessons Learned (Bogdan Hoanca and Tracy Stew
Technique - Film
Essay - Emerging Controversies in Business and Technology (Bogdan Hoanca)

Politics

Letter to the Editor, Northern Light (John Roberson III)
Editorial Response (Aaron Burkhart)
Faculty Response - Free Speech, Academic Responsibility, and Politics in the Classroom (Daniel Kline
Essay: Fostering Understanding through Faculty/Student Dialogue (Patricia Jenkins)
Technique: Student/Faculty Forum
Essay - You are Free to Reject My Advice (Paola Banchero)
Essay - Making our Classrooms Safe for Ideas (Patricia Jenkins)

Social Justice

Technique - Shared Writing
Essay - A Grain of Sand in Alaska (Virginia Juettner and Diane Erickson)
Essay - Controversies in Criminal Justice (Ronald Everett and Sharon Chamard)

Speaking the Language, Day 5

Speaking the Language, Day 5

Difficult Dialogue - Learning from Experience

Difficult Dialogue - Learning from Experience

Start Talking Day 5 - Questions For Discussion

Start Talking Day 5 - Questions For Discussion

Faculty Intensive - Outcomes

Faculty Intensive - Outcomes

The Faculty Intensive Model

Primary Objective - Faculty Development (Claudia Lampman)

Changing the Way We Teach

Essay - APU’s Fab Five: Collaboration, Community, Change (Tracy Stewart and Maureen Austin)
Essay - The Confidence to Have Difficult Dialogues (Nelta Edwards)
Technique - Talking Circle
Essay - Hey - It Works! Now How Do I Stop It? (Deborah Periman)

Student Outcomes

Secondary Objective - Student Outcomes (Claudia Lampman)
Essay - Transforming Students (Leslie Cornick)
Technique - Reflective Writing (Journals)

Overall Outcomes

Overall Outcomes

Start Talking Outcomes - Questions For Discussion

Start Talking Outcomes - Questions For Discussion

Keep Talking

Faculty Intensive - The One We Didn't Choose

Faculty Intensive - The One We Didn’t Choose
Integration of Academic and Alaska Native Cultures
Technique - Modular Debate

Alaska's Native Peoples - A Call To Understanding

Alaska’s Native Peoples - A Call To Understanding

Lessons Learned/New Beginnings

Lessons Learned/New Beginnings

Epilogue

Epilogue

References

List of Contributors

List of Techniques