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Nov. 9 Teach-In: Can You Hear Me Now? Listening for Persuasion

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 12:36 pm / November 6, 2017

Join Brian Pappas from the Department of Public Policy and Administration will present a teach-in titled “Can You Hear Me Now? Listening and Persuasion” from noon-1 p.m. Nov. 9 in Albertsons Library, Room 201C.

People believe listening is a passive enterprise, that being good at it requires merely silence and eye contact. But in reality, good listening is an active, engaged, curiosity-driven probing activity that – at its best – builds connection, trust and respectful understanding.

When done well, listening can help bring disparate points of view together, even when people heartily disagree. When done poorly, however, conversation becomes a deafening shouting match between winners and losers that drives people apart. This session will impart very tangible communication skills that will enable participants to have more dynamic and meaningful dialogue. Be prepared for interactive exercises.

Boise State Teach-Ins: Where Education Meets (inter) Action

These Boise State teach-ins are sponsored by the Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative and Albertsons Library. The quick, accessible “TED-talk” type sessions provide relevant information individuals can use right now to better understand issues, engage more productively with others and act in ways that promote the common good.

Design: there will be 20-30 minutes of teaching followed by 30 minutes of discussion and interaction. Bringing a lunch is encouraged.

When and Where: most Thursdays, noon-1 p.m. in Albertsons Library, Room 201C. The teach-ins also will be streamed on the library website.

For information on the full teach-in series, please see the Shuler Initiative OrgSync site here: Join the chapter for event updates and easy links to google calendar.

The teach-in tradition: teach-ins tap faculty expertise to empower people’s participation on issues critical to creating a just and vibrant democracy. They started in 1965 when faculty and students at the University of Michigan organized sessions about the Vietnam War. They spread to hundreds of campuses nationwide, and have been revived every decade to speak to the key issues of the time. Teach-Ins have always sought to promote fact-driven exploration, analysis and activism — and to challenge popular misinformation. They also boil down information into accessible, practical nuggets that are usable and fuel immediate audience engagement.