Start Talking

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UAA and Alaska Pacific University are pleased to announce the publication of Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education. This book is the final product of a 2-year project sponsored by the Ford Foundation's Difficult Dialogues initiative.

Start Talking explores productive ways to engage difficult dialogues in classroom and other academic settings. It presents a model for a faculty development intensive, strategies for engaging controversial topics in the classroom, and reflections from thirty-five faculty and staff members who have field-tested the techniques. It is intended as a conversation-starter and field manual for professors and teachers who want to strengthen their teaching and engage their students more effectively in conversations about the most important issues of our time.


Published: 2008
Editor: Kay Landis
Press Release: July 2008
Availability: Download PDF versions below