Navigating Difficult Discussions

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Discussing controversial topics in courses has never been easy—for teachers or students—but in the past few years, it’s become even harder. Controversy surrounds an increasing number of topics, and the intensity of feelings associated with contested issues continues to grow. Many topics now feel so fraught that it seems safer to just not talk about them, especially given current efforts to legislate the language used to discuss them.

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