is no denying that we live in an interconnected, global world. The
average American may wear clothing made in China and Indonesia, drive
cars or use computers made in Japan and eat food grown in Mexico.
Our customer service calls are more likely than not to be answered by
someone in India, and the front pages of American newspapers often
deal with events in Iraq and Afghanistan. We ourselves may come from
a community of recent immigrants.
It is simply not possible to lead an isolationist life – but it is possible, unfortunately, to live in a global world without understanding it. Many Americans view the terrible attacks of 9-11 as a product of our failure to keep aware of and understand cultures not like our own. Lack of understanding can lead to war, misperception, ignorance and vulnerability.
But literature, cinema, music and cuisine all provide windows into the human experience. By studying them, we can not only understand others' experiences and worldviews better…but perhaps understand ourselves better as well.
This course will allow us to explore some key events and issues in the NonWestern world.
Read Chapters 1-7 of Things Fall Apart. You can use the optional study guide for Things Fall Apart (you can refer to it when you take the quiz next week!)
Guidelines for the project. PLEASE IGNORE THE DEADLINE SCHEDULE ON PAGE FOUR, IT IS OUT OF DATE. The first project fair will be November 7th.
Below, you can download many, many suggestions for books to read, along with some films, too, as well as a planning sheet for your group.
Dr. Nurenberg has been teaching high school English since 2000, with a special focus on World Literature. He earned a BA in English from Brandeis University, an MA in English from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Lesley University. His dissertation examined the effects of classroom climate on student achievement.
Dr. Nurenberg has visited over 30 countries around the world, most often to Japan. He sits on the board of the Massachusetts-Hokkaido Society. He has worked with the State Department and related NGOs on issues of international educational exchange.
His favorite animal is the wombat.