IDP Guide: Listening & Learning with "I" Statements

Episode 4. Humility

In this episode, Baba, Janani, and Rachel describe the messages they’ve been told about humility, when they’ve been humbled, and their struggles to find the right level of humility for themselves as they move throughout the world.

Episode transcript

Discussion Questions

  • Which of your own social identities feel most salient to you when thinking about humility? Why?
  • Can you think of a time you’ve been made aware of a “blind spot” that you have? What did you feel in that moment?
  • What are spaces (e.g. school, media, household, friend groups, sports, places of worship, etc.) in your life you can think of where humility is valued? Where is it devalued?

Writing Prompt

In this episode, humility is described as a characteristic that can foster learning and growth. What have you gained from demonstrating humility in your life, and what has humility cost you?

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  • APA: Intergroup Dialogue Project. (2020, September). IDP Guide: Listening & Learning with “I” Statements, Episode 4. Humility. Intergroup Dialogue Project – Dialogue Across Difference. https://idp.cornell.edu/idp-guides/idp-guide-listening-and-learning-with-i-statements/idp-guide-listening-and-learning-with-i-statements-episode-4/
  • MLA: Intergroup Dialogue Project. “IDP Guide: Listening & Learning with “I” Statements, Episode 4. Humility.” Intergroup Dialogue Project – Dialogue Across Difference, Cornell University, September 2020, https://idp.cornell.edu/idp-guides/idp-guide-listening-and-learning-with-i-statements/idp-guide-listening-and-learning-with-i-statements-episode-4/
  • Chicago: Intergroup Dialogue Project, “IDP Guide: Listening & Learning with “I” Statements, Episode 4. Humility,” Intergroup Dialogue Project – Dialogue Across Difference, Cornell University, September 2020, https://idp.cornell.edu/idp-guides/idp-guide-listening-and-learning-with-i-statements/idp-guide-listening-and-learning-with-i-statements-episode-4/