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Try to Love the Questions Try to Love the Questions: From Debate to Dialogue in Classrooms and Life Lara Schwartz

An essential guide to dialogue in the college classroom and beyond

Speak Freely Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech Keith E. Whittington

Why colleges and universities live or die by free speech

Talking Cure Talking Cure: An Essay on the Civilizing Power of Conversation Paula Marantz Cohen

An invigorating exploration of the pleasures and social benefits of conversation

How to Do the Right Thing How to Do the Right Thing: An Ancient Guide to Treating People Fairly Seneca

How ancient Stoicism can help teach us to treat others—and ourselves—more fairly and mercifully

How to Keep an Open Mind How to Keep an Open Mind: An Ancient Guide to Thinking Like a Skeptic Sextus Empiricus

How ancient skepticism can help you attain tranquility by learning to suspend judgment

How to Win an Argument How to Win an Argument: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Persuasion Marcus Tullius Cicero

Timeless techniques of effective public speaking from ancient Rome's greatest orator

Guardrails Guardrails: Guiding Human Decisions in the Age of AI Urs Gasser and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

How society can shape individual actions in times of uncertainty

The Last Human Job The Last Human Job: The Work of Connecting in a Disconnected World Allison J. Pugh

A timely and urgent argument for preserving the work that connects us in the age of automation

The Importance of Being Educable The Importance of Being Educable: A New Theory of Human Uniqueness Leslie Valiant

In the age of AI, why our future depends on better understanding what makes us human