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Difficult Dialogues Faculty Workshops

Difficult Dialogues logoOur Difficult Dialogues workshops provide training for faculty interested in teaching one of our undergraduate courses through the Difficult Dialogues program. These workshops are designed to share techniques and resources for facilitating classroom conversation on difficult topics, which may range from cultural heritage, gender and sexuality, religion in society, immigration, race, and ethnicity. Our workshops host a guest speaker and invite up to 20 faculty members to participate in a full-day workshop and a series of working lunches throughout the semester. Below is a list of the workshops we have offered in past years. 


2020

Difficult Dialogues Faculty Learning Community

An interdisciplinary community of practice that meets bimonthly to discuss classroom challenges, share resources, and explore theories of dialogic pedagogy. Funded by the Provost's Teaching Fellowship

Spring 2020 Members: Pascale Bos (Germanic Studies), Alison Kafer (English), Marcelo Paixão (African and African Diaspora Studies), Sofian Merabet (Anthropology), Sarah Ropp (Comparative Literature), Suzy Seriff (Anthropology), Pauline Strong (Anthropology), Danica Sumpter (Nursing), and Patricia Wilson (Architecture). 


2019

Difficult Dialogues Course Design Workshop

Presenter: Lori Holleran Steiker, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Steve Hicks Professor of Addiction, Recovery and Substance Use Services at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and the Director of Instruction, Engagement and Wellness at the School of Undergraduate Studies

Presenter and Workshop Leader: Pauline Strong


2018

Difficult Dialogues / Planet Texas 2050 Teaching Workshop

Presenter: Libby Roderick, Associate Director, Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence at the University of Alaska-Anchorage

(The presentation by Libby Roderick at the 2018 Humanities Institute / Planet Texas 2050 Difficult Dialogues on the Environment Workshop can be viewed HERE.)

Panelists: Jay Banner, (Geological Sciences), Erika Bsumek (History), Jason Cons (Anthropology), Robert Jensen (Journalism), Fikile Nxumalo (Curriculum and Instruction), Megan Raby (History), and Arlene Rosen (Anthropology) 

Workshop Leader: Pauline Strong


2017

Teaching through Dialogue Spring Symposium

Panelists: Juli Fellows, Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez, Robert Crosnoe, Steve Friesen, Megan Alrutz, Barbara Jones, Luis Cárcamo-Huechante, Patricia Wilson, and Rasha Diab

Workshop Leaders: Madeline Maxwell and Pauline Strong 


2016

"Safe Space/Brace Space: Creating Safe But Challenging Learning Environments," May Workshop

Presenter: Libby Roderick, Associate Director, Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence at the University of Alaska-Anchorage


2014

"The Five Minute Rule and Other Strategies for Dialogue," September Workshop

Presenter: Libby Roderick, Director, Difficult Dialogues at the University of Alaska-Anchorage

"Stop Talking: Ancient Pedagogies for a Sustainable Future," May Workshop

Presenters: Ilarion (Larry) MerculiefAleut leader and Director of the Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways and Libby RoderickDirector, Difficult Dialogues at the University of Alaska-Anchorage


2013

"Controversial Conversations in the Classroom," March Workshop

Presenter: Dr. Sheldon Eklund-Olson, Director, School of Human Ecology at the University of Texas at Austin


2012

"Constructive Dialogue in the Classroom," August Workshop

Morning Presenter: Dr. Juli Fellows, Dialogue Consultant
Afternoon Roundtable led by Difficult Dialogues faculty Dr. Barbara Jones, School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Suzanne Seriff, UT Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin

"Using Writing to Promote Dialogue," October Workshop

Presenter: Dr. Susan Schorn, School of Undergraduate Studies Writing Center Coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin

"Difficult Responses, Difficult Silences," February Workshop

Presenters: Dr. Barbara Jones and Dr. Dnika Travis, School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin

"Using Social Media to Support Writing and Dialogue"

Presenter: Dr. Susan Schorn, School of Undergraduate Studies Writing Center Coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin


2011

"Using Writing to Promote Dialogue," September Workshop

Presenter: Dr. Susan Schorn, School of Undergraduate Studies Writing Center Coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin


2010

"Dialogue Techniques," May Half-Day Workshop for Difficult Dialogue and interested faculty

Presenter: Dr. Juli Fellows, Dialogue Consultant

"Dialogue in the Classroom," April Workshop

Presenter: Dr. Michele Guzmán,  Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas at Austin

"Evaluating Difficult Dialogue Courses," March Workshop

Presenters: Dr. Polly Strong, Director, Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin and Difficult Dialogues PI and Ms. Leslie Atchley, School of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

"Academic Freedom," February Workshop

Presenter: Dr. David Rabban, School of Law at the University of Texas at Austin


2009

Dialogue Workshop in partnership with Bob Bullock State History Museum, January


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