Pedagogical Development

University of Michigan

The National Intergroup Dialogue Institute

The University of Michigan’s Difficult Dialogues program is a campus-wide effort to create an environment that embraces and models respect for diversity and religious pluralism. This initiative engages faculty, students, and community members in discussion, exchange and study, so that religious difference is seen as an opportunity for reflection and exchange, rather than silence, animosity, or fear. Difficult Dialogues is timed to coincide with two University Theme Semesters, Exploring Evolution (Fall 2006) and Citizenship: From Local to Global (Fall 2006 and Winter 2007). The project is being coordinated by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. This project has been ongoing for two decades and received additional funding from the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues Initiative.