|Using Tolerance to Promote Tolerance: An open discussion for faculty|
Have you wondered how to talk to students about difficult issues that may not be directly related to your course, but still effect the climate of your campus and classroom? Or have you struggled with trying to promote tolerance in the face of voices that feel intolerant to you? There are a lot of divisive issues in our world and on our campus. And this reality is made more difficult by the fact that we live in an era in which extreme opponents are often pitted against one another in vitriolic sound bite dialogues. Most of us agree there is a lamentable lack of opportunity for genuine and open disagreement and debate within our culture.
What can we as faculty members do to establish a campus environment that allows intelligent, compassionate and authentic dialogue around controversial or threatening issues? Ideally a university should be a safe space for the courteous exchange of thoughts and ideas. How do we encourage and sustain such an environment for our students and ourselves? OID has organized this open forum for discussion and we hope that you will come and bring your concerns, ideas, aspirations and hopes for fostering greater open-mindedness, respect, forbearance, charity, kindness, in short, greater humanity, both in and outside our classroom space.
Come join this open discussion Monday, Sept. 28, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Badlands Room of the Memorial Union. We apologize that this meeting was set up in conflict with Yom Kippur. We invite everyone to join an ongoing discussion (and hopefully, the start of many on-going discussions) on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Badlands Room.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director of Instructional Development, OID, email@example.com, 777-4233