Cultivating Contention: Creating an Intentional Culture of Dialogue

For those who teach topics that generate controversy (and often for those who don't), it helps to develop skill in cultivating fruitful and healthy dialogue.

Date & Time:

Friday, March 16, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


St. Paul Campus (room TBD)

Mike Klein and Damon Shoholm


Mike Klein and Damon Shoholm

Often, the most meaningful learning experiences occur as the result of disagreement or debate in the classroom.

In this workshop Mike Klein (assistant professor, Justice and Peace Studies, University of St. Thomas) and Damon Shoholm (director, James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, Wilder Center for Communities) will lead participants through the following topics and offer guidance on cultivating contention:

  • Exploring the conditions that make such conversations needed and effective
  • Understanding different preferences in approaching conflict
  • Supporting challenging conversations through an intentional culture of dialogue
  • Providing support for contentious conversations within the context of your discipline and course syllabus
You will come away with some concrete ideas for enhancing dialogue and resolving conflict in the classroom. This workshop is part of the Inclusive Classroom Institute, and is open to all faculty, whether or not you intend to pursue certification.
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