Humanities in Class Online Courses

Let’s Talk: Using the Humanities to Promote Civil Discourse in the Classroom

The School of Athens (fresco, 1511) by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino

“Let’s Talk” provides disciplinary approaches to promoting civil discourse in the pre-collegiate course. Through this professional development course, teachers gain an understanding of the specific ways in which the humanities can open the conversation around civility and comity. The training draws from examples in history, philosophy, art history, literature, and politics. Teacher participants can create curricular connections and classroom activities that follow the same model.

This course has been designed with the generous support of the State of California.

Professional Development Hours: 35

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Summer Session: May 17–June 30, 2021
Fall Session: September 13–October 29, 2021


Sample Activities

  • The Transformative Power of Dialogue
  • The Role of Humor in Civil Discourse
  • Teaching Difficult Topics and Creating Classroom Culture
Even more world-class teaching resources are available at the Humanities in Class Digital Library, an Open Education Resource (OER) platform. The Digital Library provides direct access to a wide variety of scholarly and instructional resources for the humanities classroom in one central location. Registered members receive a 20% discount on all online courses. Membership is free!