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

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How to Talk About Hot Topics on Campus

How to Talk About Hot Topics on Campus fills a gap in theliterature by providing a resource that shows how to construct andcarry out difficult conversations from various vantage points inthe academy. It offers a theory-to-practice model of conversationfor the entire college campus that will enable all constituenciesto engage in productive and civil dialogue on the most difficultand controversial social, religious, political, and culturaltopics.

How to Talk About Hot Topics on Campus covers teaching highlycontroversial, potentially provocative subject matter as well ascreating an institutional culture that welcomes and nourishesdifficult conversations throughout campus life. The book speaks tofaculty, student affairs staff, administrators, and students in allcampus venues.

Based on their experiences both in and out of classroomsettings, Robert J. Nash, DeMethra LaSha Bradley, and Arthur W.Chickering outline a proven process they call moral conversation.Using concrete frameworks, ground rules, and examples, the authorsclearly demonstrate how to put moral conversation into action. Theymap out how to justify, compose, launch, and facilitate respectfuland engaging conversations about even the most controversialtopics.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is an excellent read for faculty, staff, and students onany type of college campus….The real gem in this book is itsframework on how to conduct conversations on controversialissues…While the authors focus moral conversations aroundpluralism, the premise of moral conversations could readily applyto interactions around governance, accountability, fiscalchallenges, pedagogy, curriculum development, and other importantissues that can be uncomfortable to discuss, cause participants tobe disrespectful of differing opinions, and ultimately be divisiveto a campus community."
Tracy M. Tyree, Associate Vice President of StudentAffairs 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 andfunctions in higher education and beyond for anyone that wants toimprove the outcomes of their conversations about controversialtopics…. It conveys the need to create spaces for theseconversations on college campuses, but also instructs how to doit.
” – Andrea Silva McManus in Education BookReviews ( andexcerpted in ASA Chairlink, January 2009

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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
  • 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 andSocial Services at the University of Vermont. He has publishedeight books, as well as more than one hundred articles, bookchapters, monographs, and book reviews in many of the leadingjournals in education at all levels. He is a member of theeditorial board for the Journal of Religion & Education.

DeMethra LaSha Bradley is an assistant director for academicintegrity in the Center for Student Ethics and Standards at theUniversity of Vermont (UVM). She is currently pursuing doctoralstudies in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program atUVM. She is the co-author of several book chapters and has madevarious presentations at national conferences and universitiesacross the United States.

Arthur W. Chickering is Special Assistant to the President ofGoddard College in Vermont. He is the author of several Jossey-Bassbooks, including Education and Identity and EncouragingAuthenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education.

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Table of Contents



The Authors.

Part I: Laying the Theoretical Groundwork for MoralConversation.

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 theClassroom (Robert J. Nash).

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

5. A Senior Administrator’s Systemic View on FacilitatingMoral 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 andParticipants When Doing Moral Conversation (Robert J. Nash andAlissa B. Strong).

Appendix B: Additional Text References and InternetResources.

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

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

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



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