Curriculum Development

University of Texas at Austin

Difficult Dialogues Courses; Academic Freedom

The Difficult Dialogues program at the University of Texas Austin offers courses for first-year students as part of the core undergraduate curriculum. Difficult Dialogues seminars are distinctive in their focus on teaching students the skills they need to participate in constructive dialogue about controversial and potentially divisive issues. To date, faculty have developed 20 Difficult Dialogues courses. Public Forums focusing on current controversial topics complement the courses and engage a broader public. The program also offers workshops and resources for Difficult Dialogues faculty. The program is administered by the University of Texas Humanities Institute.