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Difficult Dialogues


The Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center and the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center invite you to participate on the Difficult Dialogues Faculty Series. The Difficult Dialogues Program offers faculty opportunities to explore different processes and activities that engage students in dialogue on sensitive or difficult topics.


The Difficult Dialogues Program

Difficult Dialogues is a national initiative launched by the Ford Foundation in 2005 to promote pluralism and academic freedom on college campuses.

The overall goal of the program is to enhance the intellectual atmosphere and augment the institutional opportunities for “difficult dialogues” throughout the campus. The purpose is not to change people’s beliefs. Rather, the purpose is to create and institutionalize models of dialogue based on mutual respect, tolerance, and an informed exchange of ideas and beliefs.

Nine Texas Tech faculty members were selected to develop and lead teaching modules in difficult dialogues related to any number of contemporary issues relevant to his/her discipline that might spark tension or controversy in the classroom. The program is designed for Texas Tech faculty and graduate teaching assistants.

About the program:

The workshops will be offered free of charge to faculty members of the Texas Tech campus through the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (TLTC).

To register visit the TLTC website, http://www.tltc.ttu.edu/home/index.asp  and click on “register for an event” and look up the workshop you are interested in attending.

If you have any questions, or for a complete list of the upcoming workshops, please contact the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center at 742-8681 or crosscultural@ttu.edu