Community Conversations provide an opportunity for students to have a thoughtful discussion and dialogue about their shared values as American residents–past, present, and future. The discussions are an alternative to received wisdom (lectured or taught) on issues that provide an opportunity for students to join in a national dialogue.
Community Conversations are 45 to 60 minutes long and require participants to follow along with a preselected text. Full participation in class discussion is expected, with the intent that each student offers their unique perspective to generate a deeper and more personal understanding of the ideas for the group in a contemporary context. We use a prompt of guiding questions, as well as discussions within the group to generate a connection to the material beyond the scope of the class. The conversations serve as an intentional space for participating students to foster dialogue and develop personal stances on issues that affect them every day.
These discussion series are sponsored in part by HumanitiesNY – funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Novo Foundation, Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the Board of Director of Siren – Protectors of the Rainforest, Inc. Students will be required to sign in and some pictures will be taken of participants to fulfil our grant requirements. This program won an SEL Innovation Awards in 2019.