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How to Talk About Hot Topics on Campus. From Polarization to Moral Conversation. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2212630
  • Book
  • March 2008
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
How to Talk About Hot Topics on Campus fills a gap in the student services and teaching and learning literature by providing a resource that shows how to construct and carry out difficult conversations from various vantage points in the academy. It offers a theory-to-practice model of conversation for the entire college campus that will enable all constituencies to engage in productive and civil dialogue on the most difficult and controversial social, religious, political, and cultural topics.
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Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

The Authors xvii

Part I: Laying the Theoretical Groundwork for Moral Conversation 1

1. Igniting the Fire of Moral Conversation 3

2. Promoting a Spirit of Pluralism on College Campuses 35

Part II: Practicing the Moral Conversation 63

3. A Faculty Member’s View on Moral Conversation from the Classroom 65
Robert J. Nash

4. An Administrator’s View on Moral Conversation from the Division of Student Affairs 99
DeMethra LaSha Bradley

5. A Senior Administrator’s Systemic View on Facilitating Moral Conversations Across Campus 133
Arthur W. Chickering

Part III: Final Words on Moral Conversation 173

6. Opportunities, Risks, and Caveats for Moral Conversation 175

Appendix A: A Step-by-Step How-To Guide for Facilitators and Participants When Doing Moral Conversation 205
Robert J. Nash and Alissa B. Strong

Appendix B: Additional Text References and Internet Resources 219

Appendix C: Western Stereotypes About Islam from Both the Left and the Right 221
Robert J. Nash

Appendix D: A Whole-Campus Teaching and Learning Rationale for Moral Conversation: Inspired by the 2004 NASPA Report Learning Reconsidered: A Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience 229
Robert J. Nash

Appendix E: Naturalistic and Narrativistic Paradigms in Academia: Implications for Moral Conversation 241
Robert J. Nash

References 251

Index 261

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Robert J. Nash University of Vermont, Burlington.

DeMethra LaSha Bradley University of Vermont, Burlington.

Arthur W. Chickering Goddard College, Vermont.
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