Socrates is known for his use of the dialectic or Socratic method of inquiry. Your FYS instructor probably engages in this method in class. Now you have a chance to watch some budding pros engage in this method of inquiry, discuss, and dialogue. This Wed, Oct. 8 you can see Appalachian’s student discussion group, Socrates Café, partnering with the LGBT Center in order to discuss what it means to be part of the LGBT community and what it means to be an ally of the LGBT community.
They would love to hear any and all opinions in this discussion as they look at how this is impacting our school, community, nation, and world. They look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, October 8th at 6pm in Whitewater Lounge.
Socrates Cafe is sponsored by AppSpeaks and the Department of Communication. The Appalachian State University’s discussion groups, called Socrates Café, are student-facilitated small groups designed to explore complex questions. The facilitators are trained to support group members in becoming more autonomous, conscientious thinkers and doers, as well as skilled speakers and listeners. In the spirit of Socrates, we believe that we only discover what we truly think about something by engaging in constructive and empathic discourse with others. After meeting in Whitewater Cafe of the campus Student Union, small groups of twelve or fewer disperse to various areas of the student union. Led by a trained student facilitator, groups spend sixty minutes discussing an issue or question. At Socrates Café, just about any question can be grist for meaningful dialogue. Or at least, virtually any question can be fine tuned so it can be looked at in a philosophical way, and our facilitators are trained to do exactly this.
What to Expect
Picture a group of people gathered together for a regular meeting to talk about their thoughts and concepts of the world. At the beginning of the meeting a facilitator assists the group in determining the question or idea that is most interesting or valuable for the group to explore. With minimum verbal participation, the facilitator assists group members in discovering and sharing their thoughts about their chosen topic. Every participant is encouraged to engage on the topic. Facilitators are trained to resist making comments or drawing conclusions on the topic. Instead, facilitators question participants to attain depth and to discover hidden complexities of the topic, as well as of the group interaction.