The Heart of Learning

As a young teacher working in an urban Cleveland neighborhood in the early 70s, I quickly learned that all my creative ideas for teaching rigorous academic subjects were not enough. I needed to also have the capacity to connect with my students and create a sense of community in the classroom.

Inviting Dialogue in Higher Education

What roles can dialogue play in higher education? Might it complement technology-oriented, job-training majors? Improve relationships between the dean’s office and student protesters, or striking unions and the president? What about dialogue’s role for physics majors, Latino community members, campus police, and tenure committees?

Getting to We: Why Dialogue Matters in Higher Education

In this talk entitled, "Getting to We: Why Dialogue Matters in Higher Education," Patricia Romney, President and founder of the consulting group Romney Associates, explores the importance of dialogue in higher education suggesting that the mission of higher education is to "build the intellectual aptitudes and the experience of engagement with others as well as the affective orientation that fosters the build

Shifting the Margins

“Let’s face it, nobody is going to give you tenure for having engaged the community in dialogue.  So, why do it?  It’s suicide on a university campus.” 

“Yes, if you work on the margin, you’ll remain on the margin.”

“True, and yet that’s where the real work is.  That’s where the differences need to be made.  And this is where I want to be and what I want to be doing—what we need to be doing to stay relevant.”

Dialogue: Why Now?

In this second post in our series from the Clark University conference, Inviting Dialogue: Renewing the Deep Purposes of Higher Education, we're presenting video of the talk given by the Public Conversations Project's Dave Joseph.  Dave addressed the community-wide gathering on the opening night of the conference with a presentation titled, "Dialogue: Why Now?"

Dialogue and Higher Education

We at the Public Conversations Project are excited about a new connection with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The AASCU is the leadership association of 430 American public colleges and universities. It promotes and supports institutions of public higher education by advocating for them and their students, offering program support for advancing academic quality and inclusion, and creating development opportunities for institutional leadership.