Thusday, April 1 (12pm-1pm ET) & Thursday, April 8 (12pm-1pm ET)
This two-day workshop, led by Andrew Hartz, will examine the concept of “splitting” and how educators can use it to advance viewpoint diversity, open inquiry, and constructive disagreement. It will cover the following material over two sessions:
Part 1: Political issues can be tremendously complicated, but people increasingly seem to embrace worldviews that are one-sided and simplistic. Why? Part of the answer may lie in a psychological process called “splitting.” “Splitting” involves framing ideas, individuals, or groups in all-or-nothing terms, and shutting out everything to the contrary. This workshop will discuss the history of this concept and how it impacts current political dialogue. The workshop will focus on concrete classroom interventions that instructors can use to help students think in a balanced and nuanced way.
Part 2: This workshop will begin by describing a case study of a white psychotherapy patient who “split” based on race, framing white people as all-bad and other races as all-good. The workshop will go on to explore the increasingly common practice of race- and gender-based splitting. It will focus on how this process can influence discussions related to free speech, equity/disparities, gender/sexuality, academic research/theory, hostile work environments, mental health, and other issues. Tools to address this problem will be explored.