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 Division for Equity & Inclusion, and the Academic Innovation Studio, these timely, interactive dialogues feature dynamic faculty panelists and engage the Berkeley community in exploring how equity and justice challenges – locally, regionally and nationally – are impacting our students, instructors, classrooms, and campus. All events feature plenty of time for open, facilitated discussion.