How to Talk About Hot Topics on Campus. From Polarization to Moral Conversation

  • ID: 2212630
  • Book
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for How to Talk About Hot Topics on Campus

"How to Talk About Hot Topics on Campus offers solid educational strategies and some of the best practical examples I have seen on how to facilitate dialogue about the many unspoken but passionately held differences that are found on campus today. Faculty, student affairs professionals, and others engaging with students on diversity issues will find this book to be a highly useful educational resource."

Jon C. Dalton, director, Hardee Center for Leadership and Ethics on Higher Education, Florida State University, and coeditor, Journal of College and Character

"Nash, Bradley, and Chickering introduce us to a new pedagogical approach, ways of conducting ′moral conversations′ that lead to greater understanding, engagement, and respect for differences, rather than divisive contestation, retreat, and anger. The authors bring substantive knowledge, years of experience in the classroom, and fresh imagination to this important task. With their help our institutions can be safer places for exploring difficult issues in a diverse democratic environment."

R. Eugene Rice, senior scholar, Association of American Colleges and Universities

"There could not be a more timely book. The authors show how we can and should use conversation as a means of bridging our many religious, racial, class, and political differences."

Alexander W. Astin, M. Cartter Professor Emeritus and founding director, Higher Education Research Institute, University of California, Los Angeles

"The authors combine considerable insight and experience to offer both a challenge and a gift for those committed to the learning, growth, and development of college students. Their challenge is the call to face what too often polarizes American higher education issues of race, social class, and religious belief, to name a few. Their gift is an approach they call moral conversation, an encounter of interest, empathy, and respect that promises to turn differences that divide into opportunities that provide for the deep learning of all. Administrators, faculty, and students alike will grow from its fruits."

C. Carney Strange, author, Educating by Design: Creating Campus Learning Environments That Work, and professor, Bowling Green State University

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The Authors.

Part I: Laying the Theoretical Groundwork for Moral Conversation.

1. Igniting the Fire of Moral Conversation.

2. Promoting a Spirit of Pluralism on College Campuses.

Part II: Practicing the Moral Conversation.

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

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

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

Part III: Final Words on Moral Conversation.

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

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

Appendix B: Additional Text References and Internet Resources.

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

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

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



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"This book is an excellent read for faculty, staff, and students on any type of college campus .The real gem in this book is its framework on how to conduct conversations on controversial issues While the authors focus moral conversations around pluralism, the premise of moral conversations could readily apply to interactions around governance, accountability, fiscal challenges, pedagogy, curriculum development, and other important issues that can be uncomfortable to discuss, cause participants to be disrespectful of differing opinions, and ultimately be divisive to a campus community."

Tracy M. Tyree, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs in "Community College Journal of Research and Practice," 32:9, 733–735

I believe this is brilliant, timely and instructive book, not only for educators, but one that reaches across disciplines and functions in higher education and beyond for anyone that wants to improve the outcomes of their conversations about controversial topics . It conveys the need to create spaces for these conversations on college campuses, but also instructs how to do it.
Andrea Silva McManus in Education Book Reviews ( and excerpted in ASA Chairlink, January 2009

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