Experiencing Differences

Sanda Kaufman

Professor of Planning and Public Administration at the Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Interviewed by Julian Portilla, 2003

This rough transcript provides a text alternative to audio. We apologize for occasional errors and unintelligible sections (which are marked with ???).

I think that experiencing difference helps understand it. I'm not sure that we should go out to meet every single kind of person, just so that we are able to understand every single kind of person on the face of the earth, of course. But on the other hand, exposing ourselves to different ways of thinking that are perfectly as legitimate as ours, again, contributes to that humility and tells us this is okay, and yet it is so different than how we would approach the problem. It's very interesting to see how people think.