Purpose of this Guide
The Forum for Civil Discourse Task Force was charged in January 2017 to brainstorm programming ideas to promote the library as a neutral zone and safe place for individuals on the Texas State University campus. Following on the heels of the 2016 election, the message to all faculty, students and staff from President Trauth on November 28, 2016, and libraries across the nation’s call to action, the Alkek Library has selected resources and provided programming available to the Texas State University community.
Below is the Spring 2017 Forum for Civil Discourse Programming. Please join us in the Alkek Library Open Theater for a series of presentations and discussion on a mix of topics related to civil discourse in society.
In addition to the spring speaker series, this guide was developed in order to provide a one stop shop for resources on a number of topics related to free speech, diversity, inclusion, civility, stereotyping, and more. Resources include those available in the library collection along with federal, state, and other evaluated resources.
Discourse plays an important role in the production and representation of the Other and as consequence of prejudice and racism. From the socialization talk of parents, children’s books, and television programs to textbooks, news reports in the press, and other forms of public discourse, white people are engaged daily in communication about ethnic minorities and race relations. In this way, they acquire the mental models, the social knowledge, the attitudes, and the ideologies that control their action, interaction, and dialogues with or about minorities.
Presented by: Prof. Alba E. Melgar and Prof. Gloria Velasquez
What is free speech? We’ll look at the kinds of speech that are protected by the First Amendment (such as hate speech), and what’s not (intimidation, threats, hate crime). Learn how to recognize the difference!
Presented by Prof. Gilbert Martinez
When you listen, what do you hear? Words do matter! Listening first, responding second are critical elements in all relationships! Let’s talk!
Dr. Barbara Sanders