Project Description (Difficult Dialogues II)


"Building Community through Dialogue and Ethnographic Film" includes five different types of activities.

Film for Thought
is a series of 2-4 programs scheduled annually during the fall and spring terms of 2008-09 and 2009-10.   Centered on a short ethnographic film produced by students, these programs create opportunities for meaningful dialogue about real people, real differences, and real (mis)perceptions that directly impact community life in the Greater Birmingham metropolitan area today.  Sample posters for 2008-9 programs: There Goes The Neighborhood and Progress or Revival. Sample posters for 2009-10: The Abortion Debate, A Pound of Debt: Insurance and the Arts, and The Whole-Way House.

Diversity Week Film Scramble
is an annual event scheduled during Diversity Awareness Week.  Students are invited to form teams to make a 3-5 minute film about some aspect of diversity at UAB.  Prizes are awarded at a film screening of the best entries open to the whole campus.  Through Student Affairs, these student films will be available to university sponsored organizations, residence halls, and faculty to be used as springboards for discussions on diversity.  Poster and program for 2009 Film Scramble screening.  Posters for 2010 Film Scramble: Short Film Competition and Film Scramble Screening.

Community Town Hall Meetings
 occurred in Fall 2009.  These events used student produced ethnographic films to bring town and gown together to discuss relevant community issues.  Posters for these events: The Anatomy of Hate and Your Tax Dollars at Work.


Intergroup Dialogue
involves exploring alternate approaches to increasing student interest and participation in structured dialogue opportunities.  Poster for first Intergroup Dialogue course.  Sample student handout and feedback from Intergroup Dialogue courses in 2009-10. 

Faculty and Staff Development Workshops
are designed to encourage faculty to integrate dialogue into the curriculum either by teaching responsible dialoguing in their own classes and/or encourage their students to participate in out-of-class dialogue experiences.