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 demanding, and not always possible. 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 faculty directors for this project are Steve Viner (Philosophy) and Sarah Stroup (Political Science).

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. We have focused on two major projects, one curricular and one co-curricular.  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. The EL Project builds on the work done by the 2017 Committee on Speech and Inclusion – you can read their report here.

Sarah Stroup is administrator for this site. The 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!