Democracy depends in part on the quality of dialogue that citizens engage in among themselves and with their elected and appointed leaders; together, these public and private dialogues shape society’s values, priorities, decisions and actions. How can we have meaningful dialogue across differences of race, class, gender and political affiliation when our country is so polarized and dialogue quickly becomes so volatile? Few of us learn how to engage in respectful discussions with people with whom we differ. How do we respectfully grapple with issues such as gun control, gay marriage, Confederate monuments, and climate change in ways that promote rather than threaten our democratic institutions? This lecture will offer several strategies for effectively and respectfully engaging with our fellow citizens on the most important topics of our times.
LIBBY RODERICK is Director of the Difficult Dialogues Initiative and Associate Director of the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and Vice Chair of the Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center. She is Associate Editor of Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education, co-author of Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning and Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education;editor of Alaska Native Cultures and Issues; and editor of Toxic Friday: Resources for Addressing Faculty Bullying Higher Education. She works with faculty in Alaska, across the U.S., and in South Africa to increase their capacity to effectively conduct difficult dialogues in higher education and to apply indigenous ways of teaching and learning.
This event is free and open to the public.
This event is part of the UF Intersections: Animating Conversations with the Humanities program organized by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The event is co-sponsored by the Alachua County Library District.