Turning Difficult Dialogues into Teachable Moments
Facilitating meaningful discussions
Thursday, October 10, 2013 · Noon - 1:30 PM
When students voice uninformed biases, make inappropriate comments about others’ ethnicities, gender identities, politics, or religion, or express surprising and confrontational opinions, we faculty may feel at a loss in how to respond. These moments may seem to hijack our carefully planned class session, yet these instances can provide wonderful opportunities for learning. How do we facilitate a meaningful discussion that addresses the issue in a way that students can “hear” and learn from? How do we move the class forward in a productive way? Faculty panelists April Householder, Jodi Kelber-Kaye, and Joby Taylor will lead a discussion and workshop on ways to make these disconcerting moments into teachable moments. Lunch will be provided.