(SMR 21) Let’s Talk: Using the Humanities to Promote Civil Discourse in the Classroom

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Plato and Aristotle surrounded by philosophers from School of Athens, fresco by Raphael, 1508–11

The last several years have seen a rise in social and political polarization that complicates and occasionally undermines civil discourse. Yet civil discourse remains a fundamental piece of democratic governance and humanities education. Through this professional development course, educators gain an understanding of the specific ways in which the humanities can open conversations around civility and comity. This training draws from examples in history, philosophy, art history, literature, and politics. Participants will develop curricular connections and classroom activities that follow the same model.

This course was developed as a collaboration between CLASSRoad and the National Humanities Center with funding from CalOES. It is being offered to LAUSD teachers with a grant from the LA COVID Fund. For more information, see https://www.teachbright.org/