Guidelines for Delve Seminar Discussions
1) The guide will begin each session by asking a question. The guide’s role is not to teach the book but to facilitate conversation along fruitful paths.
2) The conversation does not belong to any one individual. It is a group effort in which everyone participates, like a game of hackey sack or keeping a ball aloft by tossing it around a circle.
3) You don’t need to raise your hand or be recognized by the guide in order to speak.
4) Please do not engage in side-talk or interrupt your fellow readers, and please keep your remarks to the point so that others are not inclined to interrupt you. It’s important that each participant feels he or she is welcome to join in the conversation, and it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure that each individual can do so.
5) Be mindful of how much, and how, you occupy space in the conversation. We all have differing communication styles, but we should each feel welcome to speak up freely, or at times to sit back and just listen, in this forum.
6) Listening carefully is as important as speaking since developing connections between ideas will generate a deeper conversation. Asking questions of others is also an important way to participate; however, our conversation is not a debate.
7) Discussion of books may naturally lead to contemplation of social, political or ideological matters, which (for some in the room) may at times feel personal. If this occurs, it is important to remain mindful of the widely different backgrounds and views participants in your group may hold, and to speak with inclusivity and respect. Do not assume any absolutes, and remember our conversation is not a debate. Keeping discussion focused on the book(s) you are reading together will help to ground and support these discussions.
Above all, seminars are intended to be fun. Please bring your openness, your curiosity and a good sense of humor!
Seminar Cancellation Policy
Tuition for Delve Readers Seminars is non-refundable. If you are unable to attend a seminar after having registered, you can turn your tuition into a tax-deductible donation to the Delve Program and Literary Arts. You can also transfer your cancelled tuition to be applied towards registration in another seminar, provided that the seminar takes place before June 2017. Please contact Dao Strom at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.