My goal, in every class I teach, is to make my students stop and think. I urge them to embrace critical and independent thought, a kind of intellectual responsibility, by engaging deeply with texts and then respecting and analyzing their personal reactions to them. I believe in democratizing the classroom, so, in a seminar setting, I make it clear to students from the beginning that the onus is on them to lead discussions. I want them to go through the active process of making discoveries by comparing perspectives and disagreeing with each other rather than simply listening passively to the teacher’s interpretation of a given text. I also tend to talk openly with my students about creating an atmosphere in which everyone contributes but no one dominates, about maintaining a spirit of both debate and civility.