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Beyond Bigots and Snowflakes: Discussion Questions and Classroom Activities

Ilana Redstone, a sociologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, created six core videos (total time is less than 40 minutes) titled “Beyond Bigots and Snowflakes” that offer tools and techniques designed to encourage the tough conversations for more open dialogue. She ends the introductory video by stating there is a societal need to have open and honest conversations about sensitive topics to improve communication across ideological divides. But how to have open and honest conversations is a skill that is learned. This guide offers discussion questions and activities to accompany the videos so students can practice this skill.

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