How to Manage Controversial Topics in the Classroom
Discussing contentious and difficult topics in the classroom is 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 tenets of academic freedom and respectful engagement with students. In this interactive workshop, faculty will discuss strategies and best practices to foster learning environments where such dialogue can take place, and discuss how to manage challenging conversations and interactions in the classroom.