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More About This Title How to Talk About Hot Topics on Campus: From Polarization to Moral Conversation
Robert J. Nash is a professor in the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont. He has published eight books, as well as more than one hundred articles, book chapters, monographs, and book reviews in many of the leading journals in education at all levels. He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Religion & Education.
DeMethra LaSha Bradley is an assistant director for academic integrity in the Center for Student Ethics and Standards at the University of Vermont (UVM). She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at UVM. She is the co-author of several book chapters and has made various presentations at national conferences and universities across the United States.
Arthur W. Chickering is Special Assistant to the President of Goddard College in Vermont. He is the author of several Jossey-Bass books, including Education and Identity and Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education.
Part I: Laying the Theoretical Groundwork for Moral Conversation.
1. Igniting the Fire of Moral Conversation.
2. Promoting a Spirit of Pluralism on College Campuses.
Part II: Practicing the Moral Conversation.
3. A Faculty Member’s View on Moral Conversation from the Classroom (Robert J. Nash).
4. An Administrator’s View on Moral Conversation from the Division of Student Affairs (DeMethra LaSha Bradley).
5. A Senior Administrator’s Systemic View on Facilitating Moral Conversations Across Campus (Arthur W. Chickering).
Part III: Final Words on Moral Conversation.
6. Opportunities, Risks, and Caveats for Moral Conversation.
Appendix A: A Step-by-Step How-To Guide for Facilitators and Participants When Doing Moral Conversation (Robert J. Nash and Alissa B. Strong).
Appendix B: Additional Text References and Internet Resources.
Appendix C: Western Stereotypes About Islam from Both the Left and the Right (Robert J. Nash).
Appendix D: AWhole-Campus Teaching and Learning Rationale for Moral Conversation: Inspired by the 2004 NASPA Report Learning Reconsidered: A Campus-Wide Focus on the Student Experience(Robert J. Nash).
Appendix E: Naturalistic and Narrativistic Paradigms in Academia: Implications for Moral Conversation (Robert J. Nash).
–Tracy M. Tyree, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs in "Community College Journal of Research and Practice," 32:9, 733-735
“I believe this is brilliant, timely and instructive book, not only for educators, but one that reaches across disciplines and functions in higher education and beyond for anyone that wants to improve the outcomes of their conversations about controversial topics…. It conveys the need to create spaces for these conversations on college campuses, but also instructs how to do it.
” – Andrea Silva McManus in Education Book Reviews (staff.lib.msu.edu/corby/reviews/posted/nash.) and excerpted in ASA Chairlink, January 2009