Controversial Conversations: What Allows and Limits Honest and Authentic Dialogue?
Today at 1:30-2:50 p.m. in CMU 203.

Our second topic is “What Allows and Limits Honest and Authentic Dialogue.” The discussion picks up where the March 7th conversation left off, allowing new and returning participants to be a part of a rich conversation that explores how our roles (student, staff, faculty or administrator) within the University, technology, social media and other variables either allow or limit our ability to have honest and authentic dialogue. Attendees will share what they consider to be opportunities and barriers for such dialogue to occur as part of our campus community.  Students, faculty, staff and administrators are invited and encouraged to participate in this exciting new program.

Colleges and universities play an integral role in providing opportunities for dialogue and critical thinking around sometimes controversial topics. However, there tends to be a hesitation to have too public of a dialogue around these topics out of fear of creating conflict or upsetting the “Minnesota nice” conversation culture. MSU Moorhead has had a history of barrier-breaking policy initiatives, world-class faculty and research, thought provoking curriculum and inviting dynamic speakers to enhance our campus community dialogue. Controversial Conversations is an opportunity for on-going, respectful dialogue around issues that impact students, employees and our communities.

Joshua A. Boschee, Assistant Director of Leadership and Organization, and Dr. Lonni Schicker, faculty in the School or Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, will facilitate the group discussion.