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Classroom Civility


In almost every course we teach, there's a potential for controversial subjects to come up in discussions. The resulting tension may challenge student beliefs and contribute to learning, but must be managed in order to keep the discourse civil and respectful to all. This workshop addresses how to convey the meaning of respect to students. The presenter shares specific instructional strategies, including case-based methods that can be used to challenge ideas in any discipline and context. He also explores concepts of academic freedom and how the Carolinian Creed can function to support instruction.

About the Facilitator

Ed Munn Sanchez joined the Honors College from the Philosophy Department in 2006. Ed's primary academic area is social and political philosophy. He is particularly interested in how democracy works in technologically sophisticated societies and the role that universities as institutions play in maintaining democracy in these societies. Ed teaches courses on Social and Political Philosophy, Civility in the Public Sphere, and Authenticity: How to Live a Good Life and Be True to Yourself, as well as advises Engineering, Physics, and Spanish majors in the Honors College.


"I really appreciated the time given in this seminar to look at the best ways to deal with a disruption." – Marketing

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