Design Your Future

Think Again

When was the last time you changed your mind about something really important, something really close to your heart? 

Schedule: January 6-15, 2021, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
Commitments: 8 interviews followed by 1-hour discussions
Delivery Method: Synchronous and Asynchronous 
Credential: This course earns a Practical Oriented Experience (POE) transcript notation. 
Team Leads: Abdullah Antepli, Eric Mlyn, Ph.D.

At this moment in our political, professional, and personal lives, many doubt that change is possible. But if that’s the case, then what’s an education supposed to be about?  Without the possibility of change, why listen to anyone?

At the same time, listening well shouldn’t have within it the requirement or expectation that someone must change – convert – as a result. Otherwise, engagement really is just about conversion, which is a dangerous path to walk down especially in a university setting. And who really wants to talk with someone who is there only to preach?

This series will feature conversations with Duke students, faculty, staff, and alumni who had a radical change of heart and mind on an important political, personal, or social issue. It teaches the skill to listen well, to recognize that people with deep moral commitment can change, and strategies by which such conversions are more or less likely to result. It also explores the ways in which technology both exposes us to greater diversity while narrowing our ability to navigate it. In these intimate and provocative conversations, we will unearth the kind of deep listening that is necessary for true civil discourse and the possibility of social change and the forces that facilitate and block such changes.

Abdullah Antepli
Abdullah T. Antepli is an Associate Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy and an Associate Professor of the Practice of Interfaith Relations at Divinity School. Abdullah completed his basic training and education in his native Turkey. From 1996-2003 he worked on a variety of faith-based humanitarian and relief projects in Myanmar (Burma) and Malaysia with the Association of Social and Economic Solidarity with Pacific Countries. He is the founder and executive board member of the Association of College Muslim Chaplains (ACMC) and a board member of the Association for College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA). From 2003 to 2005 he served as the first Muslim chaplain at Wesleyan University. He then moved to Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, where he was the associate director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program & Interfaith Relations, as well as an adjunct faculty member.
Eric Mlyn
Eric J. Mlyn is a Lecturer in the Sanford School of Public Policy and a Distinguished Faculty Fellow in the Kenan Institute for Ethics. A firm believer in the transformative power of experiential and civic education, he has been building programs in this area for over two decades.  He is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Certificate in Civic Engagement and Social Change. A political scientist with a B.A. from Tufts University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Eric’s academic and administrative work over the past 25 years has concerned itself with the role that society plays in fostering and strengthening democracy.

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