Discussing difficult topics can be tough, but in a country that is increasingly polarized, relationships between people who hold different views is a superpower. And there's no better place to do this than on your own college campus.
We realized that there is a need on campus for a space outside the context of a classroom for ideas to be contested and for people to freely express those ideas without fear of social ostracization or outright censorship or repercussions from the administration.
It is essential to create spaces on our college and university campuses for healthy and productive conversations. FIRE’s Let’s Talk program provides you with tools to work toward a more intellectually open campus environment.
When emotional temperatures spike, the group could be heading into a “bad faith” argument situation that will only make the experience unpleasant for everyone.
What happens when someone attends one of your meetings, not to participate, but to shut it down? Check out these steps for dealing with disruptors.
Civil discourse games are a great way to launch casual discussions about difficult topics. Learn more about how you can have fun while having tough conversations.
With your leadership, your group will engage students in thorough, constructive, and vibrant discussion about tough issues in a healthy atmosphere.
Campus Let’s Talk groups have no formal connection to FIRE and will vary in size and structure. But they are united in their mission to promote free, fruitful, and civil discussions. The art of civil conversation is an important tradition and resource of a free people: the fulcrum on which a democracy can stand — or topple to the loudest and most illiberal extremes. FIRE’s Let’s Talk: Civil Discourse Societies give students the resources they need to start, maintain, and grow the openhearted and open-minded culture our democracy needs now.
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