Instructor: Misty Holm Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Required Materials: none Great Conversations will engage students in dialogue about universal themes ranging from friendship and compassion to prejudice and death. Topics will be explored by looking at beliefs of various thinkers (both historic and contemporary), as well as with the use of art, music, and written word. Brief time for in-class journaling will help students formulate their point of view on the subject. Active discussion will help them develop their ideas while also practicing the difficult but important skill of active listening. In order to fully absorb and process each theme, and allow for at-home discussions, we will spend two weeks with each. Great care will be taken to ensure fair and balanced discussion. As such, this course would be a great fit for students who love to speak their mind, as well as for students who tend to be more reluctant speakers.