In April 2005, the Ford Foundation invited proposals for a new initiative called Difficult Dialogues. 675 preliminary proposals were received from accredited, degree-granting institutions of higher learning with undergraduate programs. 136 of these institutions were invited to submit full proposals. The University of Alabama at Birmingham was one of 27 higher education institutions awarded grants of $100,000 to develop “projects that promote campus environments where sensitive subjects can be discussed in a spirit of open scholarly inquiry, academic freedom and with respect for different viewpoints.”
Principal investigators for UAB’s Difficult Dialogues project are Dr. Marilyn Kurata, Director of Core Curriculum Enhancement, Dr. Robert Corley, Director of the Center for Urban Affairs, and Dr. Harold Kincaid, Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Ethics and Values in the Sciences.
“Integrating Difficult Dialogues into the Core Curriculum: Race, Ethics, and UAB” includes multiple components.
Multimedia teaching modules produced as part of this initiative at UAB are available as curriculum supplements.
For more information regarding the Difficult Dialogues Initiative, please visit their site.