Humanities Institute


Difficult Dialogues Library Catalog

A list of books available at our SAC office for faculty and TAs.

Academic Freedom and Free Speech Resources

American Association of University Professors
Resources on Academic Freedom

AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom

Bringing Theory to Practice
Supporting and encouraging liberal education in linking the learning, well-being, and civic development of students.

1915 Declaration of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure
Includes a preface explaining the circumstances leading to the 1915 Declaration

1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure

On Freedom of Expression and Campus Speech Codes

Legal Cases Affecting Academic Free Speech

Doe vs. University of Michigan
1989 decision by the U.S. Distrcit Court for Eastern Michigan, striking down the University of Michigan’s speech code

Freedom of Speech in the US (Tedford and Herbeck)
This site is based on the textbook, Freedom of Speech in the United States, 6th edition (2009), written by Thomas L. Tedford and Dale A. Herbeck. One sections of the book is devoted to free speech in educational settings. In addition to providing links to legal decisions and historic documents, there are links to other pertinent sites, including government sites, organizations, and legal research sites. There is also a link to blogs and podcasts.

Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Speech
An independent  non-profit organization with ties to the University of Virginia, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Speech provides resources for learning and teaching about free speech. Included are archives of legal briefs filed by the Center, links to other organizations concerned with free speech issues, podcasts of programs sponsored by the Center, opinion pieces jointly produced by the Center and The Media Institute. An online exhibit, Art on Trial, focuses on First Amendment rights, courts, and the arts. 

Dialogue Resources

Conversation Café
Information about facilitating dialogue using the Conversation Café method. Conversation Café began in Seattle in 2001 as a way to facilitate group dialogue.

Public Conversations Project
Information about the Public Conversations Project, which began in 1989. The resources section includes a free download of Fostering Dialogue Across Divides, by Maggie Herzig and Laura Chasin. Their blog features up-to-date information about the project, and news about past dialogues.

The Blog for Building Dialogue
Official blog of The Communications Center, Inc. Includes links to stories and resources to help teachers, and facilitators, navigate difficult issues and plan for effective dialogue.

Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education
A book produced by faculty and staff at the University of Alaska at Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University as part of their Difficult Dialogues initiative. Faculty development ideas, strategies for engaging in dialogue in the classroom and reflections from faculty and staff who have used the techniques.

National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
Information and resources on dialogue, including a discussion of dialogue and deliberation.

Publications on Intergroup Dialogue and Intergroup Relations Education
A list of useful publications put together by the University of Michigan's program on Intergroup Relations.

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