Dr. Neal Allen is no stranger to controversy, nor are his students. In fact, he prides himself on teaching his students to freely engage in civil discourse on highly contentious topics.

Allen, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Wichita State University, teaches Law and Political Power and directs the university's Washington, D.C., and Topeka intern programs. He says there’s lifelong value in teaching students how to have mature, insightful conversations about contentious topics — particularly when it comes to their future career paths.