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Conversations with Colleagues: October 2021

October 19, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Conversations with Colleagues


Topic: Guiding difficult conversations

Teaching controversial topics and concepts is part of many courses and disciplines. Topics like race, culture, gender, and/or sexual orientation are inherent discussions in many fields, and any course dealing with current events presents an opportunity for socially-challenging topics to arise purposely and spontaneously in class discussions. Guiding those discussions can impact the usefulness these conversations to learning. This session of Conversations with Colleagues will allow us to review and practice a process for guiding difficult conversations.

Guest Speaker

Dr. Kristen Cvancara, Professor of Communication Studies

Minnesota State University, Mankato

When colleagues readied themselves for emergency remote teaching in 2020, we all received a powerful reminder in the value of social learning. Colleagues from across the system who had been separated from one another through physical distance came together online to share ideas and learn from one another.  We would like to sustain this social learning through Conversations with Colleagues, a program for those who are interested in connecting with one another.
Meet new faculty, gather with long-time friends from across Minnesota State, and bring questions and ideas (along with your lunch) to these monthly gatherings that will include conversation starters and an opportunity for both large and small group conversations. Additionally, you’ll be able to add your name to a searchable list of faculty and staff who are willing to share their expertise and areas of interest with others.

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Accommodations: If you require accommodations (live captioning, etc.) to participate in this event, please send an email to the person at the bottom of this page. 


Contact Catherine Ford.


October 19, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Catherine Ford
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