Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Book Review - How to Talk About Hot Topics on Campus
About the Book
How to Talk About Hot Topics on Campus fills a gap in the student services and teaching and learning literature by providing a resource that shows how to construct and carry out difficult conversations from various vantage points in the academy. It offers a theory-to-practice model of conversation for the entire college campus that will enable all constituencies to engage in productive and civil dialogue on the most difficult and controversial social, religious, political, and cultural topics.
My Take on the Book
This book truly engages you on a voyage of discovery on how best to bring up and have meaningful dialogue on topics that can be controversial on campus. Being that I work at a law school I am always looking for ways to engage my students in new and fun ways and to push them in their own student development. This book has great ideas and resources that will help you to start these dialogues. The author has some deep beliefs that are shared, but it is in a way that challenges and encourages the reader to delve deeper and to challenge his/her own students to do the same. This book provides a call to action for any educator, and really any person to push the gauntlet on what we have done in the past to change the world for tomorrow. The book is well written and organized and allows the reader to leave with tangible tools that will allow them to take conversations/discussions on their own campus to the next level.
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