Why it’s worth listening to people you disagree with.

Zachary Wood on the importance of exposing ourselves to viewpoints we disagree with:

To prepare myself to engage with controversy in the real world, I joined group that brought controversial speakers to campus. But many people fiercely opposed this group, and I received significant pushback from students, faculty, and my administration…yet tuning out opposing viewpoints doesn’t make them go away because millions of people agree with them. In order to understand the potential of society to move forward, we need to understand the counterforces.