Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Spring Teaching Forum

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“Let’s Talk about It”:

Difficult Conversations in Higher Education

April 30, 2018

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Please join us for the 2018 Spring Teaching Forum, an extended exploration of difficult discussions, entitled “Let’s talk about It”: Difficult Conversations in Higher Education.  If you have wished you had better strategies for anticipating and handling sensitive topics or you have wanted to turn a classroom disruption into a teachable moment, the Spring Teaching Forum is for you!  We will begin with a panel of faculty and students discussing challenging conversations in Yale classrooms, hear a keynote from Libby Roderick, a Yale alum and expert on helping people “start talking,” and we will gather in breakout groups to share practical strategies for turning challenging moments around. Please join us for what promises to be a stimulating exchange of ideas.

Spring Teaching Forum schedule
Breakfast: 8:30-9:00 a.m.
Welcome: 9:00-9:15 a.m.
Faculty and student panel: 9:15-10:45 a.m.
Keynote speaker: 11:00-12:15 p.m.
Lunch: 12:15-1:00 p.m.
Breakout sessions: 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Wrap-up: 2:15-2:45 p.m.

Keynote speaker: Libby Roderick is the Associate Director of the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence at the University of Alaska. She focuses on issues related to difficult dialogues, sustainability and climate change, and effective teaching to diverse student populations. She is the editor of Alaska Native Cultures and Issues; Associate Editor of Start Talking:  A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education; and co-author of Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  She is also an internationally recognized singer/songwriter and recording artist.


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