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.