About the EL Project

The Engaged Listening Project focuses on the conditions under which we (as teachers, scholars, students, and citizens) listen to one another.  Real listening is morally and psychologically demanding.  It requires that we look beyond our own interests, considering the voices and perspectives of others in order to explore other ways of thinking and knowing.  An understanding of the values and priorities of others – one outcome of listening – is important for ethnographic research, political mobilization, volunteering, and running a lab.  Listening is necessary for our educational project and a useful tool in the toolbox of civic skills.

The EL Project is supported by a three-year grant (2018-21) from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. You can read about the project in the Campus newspaper and College newsroom here and here. In the first year, we are working on one curricular and one co-curricular project.  First, we are launching a faculty fellows program to provide training in facilitating productive disagreements in the classroom.  Second, we are working in partnership with the Vermont Humanities Council to develop and experiment with a new format for visiting speakers that enables more robust audience engagement with speakers and with one another. You can see a brief report on 2018-19 here.

Sarah Stroup (Political Science) is faculty director of the EL Project and primary administrator for this site. She served on the 2017 Committee on Speech and Inclusion – you can read their report here.

This site was designed by Mollie Ockene ’21 with help from DLINQ staff.

You can reach us on email (ListeningMidd@gmail.com) and Twitter (@ListeningMidd).

 Thanks for your interest!

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