Start Talking

A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education

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About the Start Talking Handbook

In 2008, UAA and APU published Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education, the culmination of a 2-year project sponsored by the Ford Foundation’s Difficult Dialogues initiative.

Start Talking explores productive ways to engage difficult dialogues in classroom and other academic settings. It presents a model for a faculty development intensive, strategies for engaging controversial topics in the classroom, and reflections from thirty-five faculty and staff members who have field-tested the techniques. It is intended as a conversation-starter and field manual for professors and teachers who want to strengthen their teaching and engage their students more effectively in conversations about the most important issues of our time.

Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education

Complete Handbook (pdf)                                                     
Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom

Individual Chapters (pdf)
Introduction
Chapter 1: Ground Rules
Chapter 2: Rhetoric, Debate
Chapter 3: Race, Class, Culture
Chapter 4: Science, Religion
Chapter 5: Business, Politics
Chapter 6: Outcomes
Chapter 7: Keep Talking