At this moment in our political, professional, and personal lives, many doubt that change is possible. But if that’s the case, then what’s an education supposed to be about? Without the possibility of change, why listen to anyone?
At the same time, listening well shouldn’t have within it the requirement or expectation that someone must change – convert – as a result. Otherwise, engagement really is just about conversion, which is a dangerous path to walk down especially in a university setting. And who really wants to talk with someone who is there only to preach?
This series will feature conversations with Duke students, faculty, staff, and alumni who had a radical change of heart and mind on an important political, personal, or social issue. It teaches the skill to listen well, to recognize that people with deep moral commitments can change, and strategies by which such conversions are more or less likely to result. It also explores the ways in which technology both exposes us to greater diversity while narrowing our ability to navigate it. In these intimate and provocative conversations, we will unearth the kind of deep listening that is necessary for true civil discourse and the possibility of social change and the forces that facilitate and block such changes.
Please complete the registration process by clicking the "Apply Now" button. Registrations will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis and your enrollment in this program will be confirmed within 1-2 business days. There are no prerequisites for any Winter Breakaway program, all programs are appropriate for beginners. The registration cap for Thank Again is 80. Please enroll in just one Winter Breakaway program, duplicate registrations will be removed.
Once your enrollment is confirmed, you will be asked to sign a commitment to participate. Please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org
) if you need to withdraw, there is no penalty. Participants in this program are eligible to receive a Practice Oriented Education (POE) transcript notation. In order to receive the notation you must participate in at least 15 hours of the program content.
This Global Education Office registration system is being utilized for Winter Breakaway. As such, you will be prompted for family information. This information is not necessary to complete the Winter Breakaway registration.