How to Talk about Hot Topics on Campus: From Polarization to Moral Conversation / Edition 1

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787994365
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,111,185
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Nash is a professor in the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont. He has published eight books, as well as more than one hundred articles, book chapters, monographs, and book reviews in many of the leading journals in education at all levels. He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Religion & Education.

DeMethra LaSha Bradley is an assistant director for academic integrity in the Center for Student Ethics and Standards at the University of Vermont (UVM). She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at UVM. She is the co-author of several book chapters and has made various presentations at national conferences and universities across the United States.

Arthur W. Chickering is Special Assistant to the President of Goddard College in Vermont. He is the author of several Jossey-Bass books, including Education and Identity and Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xv
The Authors     xvii
Laying the Theoretical Groundwork for Moral Conversation     1
Igniting the Fire of Moral Conversation     3
Promoting a Spirit of Pluralism on College Campuses     35
Practicing the Moral Conversation     63
A Faculty Member's View on Moral Conversation from the Classroom   Robert J. Nash     65
An Administrator's View on Moral Conversation from the Division of Student Affairs   DeMethra LaSha Bradley     99
A Senior Administrator's Systemic View on Facilitating Moral Conversations Across Campus   Arthur W. Chickering     133
Final Words on Moral Conversation     173
Opportunities, Risks, and Caveats for Moral Conversation     175
A Step-by-Step How-To Guide for Facilitators and Participants When Doing Moral Conversation   Robert J. Nash   Alissa B. Strong     205
Additional Text References and Internet Resources     219
Western Stereotypes About Islam from Both the Left and the Right   Robert J. Nash     221
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   Robert J. Nash     229
Naturalistic and Narrativistic Paradigms in Academia: Implications for Moral Conversation   Robert J. Nash     241
References     251
Index     261
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