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Resources to Explore Diverse Viewpoints


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Intellectual Freedom Resources

Intellectual Freedom Resources by The American Library Association

Kailo Edu

A unique tool for the teaching of critical thinking and specifically designed for classroom use. Clear, visually compelling argument mapping and debate site makes it easy to follow the logical structure of a discussion and facilitates thoughtful collaboration. Free for educators to use.

The Chicago Statement: Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression by Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago

Produced at the University of Chicago in 2014, a highly influential articulation of academic free speech values, formally adopted or endorsed by faculty bodies at over 80 institutions, including Princeton, Columbia, and the UMaine system. It states, in part, “[W]ithout a vibrant commitment to free and open inquiry, a university ceases to be a university.”

PEN America

Founded by several prominent writers in 1922, PEN America is an organization that stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. Their “Campus Free Speech Guide” offers advice on free speech and inclusion on U.S. college campuses, with general principles that include, “Campuses can and must fulfill their dual obligation to both protect free speech and advance diversity and inclusion.”

National Coalition Against Censorship

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) is an alliance of more than 50 national non-profits, engaged in direct advocacy and education to support First Amendment principles for over 40 years. Their “Resources for Higher Education” page states, “Freedom of expression is crucial to maintaining a healthy democracy and ensuring that institutions of higher education serve to educate citizens equipped to think critically, analytically and persuasively.”

American Civil Liberties Union

Dating its origins to the end of World War I, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is one of the oldest and best-known defenders of Constitutional rights in the U.S. Their statement “Speech on Campus” says, “An open society depends on liberal education, and the whole enterprise of liberal education is founded on the principle of free speech.”

How to Break Out of Your Social Media Echo Chamber

How to Break Out of Your Social Media Echo Chamber by Christopher Seneca
Article Wired Magazine

Analyzing Contemprorary Propaganda by Mind Over Media

The Problem of Living Inside Echo Chambers

The Problem of Living Inside Echo Chambers by C. Thi Nguyen
Article The Conversation

The Echo Chamber Effect on Social Media by Matteo Cinelli, Gianmarco De Francisci Morales et al.
Article PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Beware of Online Filter Bubbles

Beware of Online Filter Bubbles by Eli Pariser
Film/Video TED

As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there’s a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a “filter bubble” and don’t get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.

Classroom Deliberation in an Era of Political Polarization by Paula McAvoy & Diana Hess
Article Curriculum Inquiry by Brittanica

Promotes civility, critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting the pro and con arguments to debatable issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, freely accessible way


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