How to Have Political Conversations in the Classroom?

How to Have Political Conversations in the Classroom ? | Teaching in Troubled Times

October 29, 2018, 10:00am to 11:30am
Intended audience: 
Academic Support Staff, Graduate Students, Instructors

Tuesday September 25th marked the largest National Voter Registration Day on record. Over 800,000 people updated their registration or registered to vote for the first time. At the same time that so many Americans are involved in ballot box politics, the country is polarized, partisan and politicized. With sharp political differences seemingly not going away any time soon, how do we support robust discussions in our classrooms? How do we support our students to consider issues from immigration to gun control through deliberation and not shouting matches?

In facing the midterm elections, which will see people vote for members of both houses of Congress, for governor seats in 36 out of 50 states, and a packed California ballot, this panel and community discussion will consider how faculty are navigating the nation’s thorny politics and supporting political conversations in the classroom.


  • Professor Lisa Garcia-Bedolla, Director, Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS)
  • Professor Irene Bloemraad, Sociology
  • Professor Cristina Mora, Sociology

Complimentary lunch will be served following the discussion. Kindly RSVP by October 23 so we can plan accordingly.


Registration is unavailable. Registration closed on October 28, 2018 - 5:00pm.

Series description

Co-hosted by the American Cultures Center, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Division for Equity & Inclusion, and the AIS, this dialogue series explores how our classrooms and student experiences are differentially impacted by external factors at the local, regional, and national levels.

Check out recaps and recordings of past programs on our YouTube channel.

To be scheduled topics for Spring 2019 include:

  • Beyond Both Sides: Creating Classrooms of Exploration
  • Teaching and Learning in the #metoo Era at Berkeley
  • Disability: Beyond Accommodation

Stay tuned and join the AIS mailing list for exact dates and times!