Reading Across Cultures Spring 2018: Diverse Social Justice Books for the High School Classroom Webinar Series, Registration Open

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Reading Across Cultures Spring 2018

Diverse Social Justice Books for the High School Classroom Webinar Series

Once a month, the World Area Book Awards will sponsor a 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom. The spring webinar series focuses on social justice. We encourage you to read the books with your colleagues, students, and community, and then join us to hear more from the author.  The books are appropriate for students in grades 8-12.  If participating in all five webinar sessions, participants will receive a certificate of completion. Be sure to join the conversation with our webinar hashtag #2018ReadingAcrossCultures. All sessions are free and open to the public. All times listed refer to Central Standard Time (CST). Sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, the Middle East Outreach Council, and Africa Access.
FEBRUARY 8, 2018

The Américas Award explores the diversity of Latin America by focusing on Cuba with award winning author, Margarita Engle. Engle, the national Young People’s Poet Laureate will discuss her book Lion Island and share teaching and discussion ideas to explore the story of Antonio Chuffat, a young man of African, Chinese, and Cuban descent who becomes a champion for civil rights. Discuss the historical context and learn more with the author and Associate Director of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies and founder of the Américas Award, Julie Kline. This webinar is sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. with special support from The University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies.
TIME: 6:00 – 7:15 PM CST 
MARCH 12, 2018

South Asia Book Award will hold a conversation  with  Padma Venkatraman, author of Island’s End. Island’s End explores issues of cultural identity and activism in the Andaman Islands. Venkatraman will discuss her inspiration to tackle issues such as gender equity, leadership, and environmental stewardship. We will discuss ways of incorporating these themes in the classroom and wider community.
TIME: 3:30 PM-4:15 CST 
APRIL 26, 2018

The Middle East Book Award is pleased to present during National Arab American Heritage month a conversation with award-winning author, Ibtisam Barakat on her book Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine.
TIME: 6:00 – 7:15 PM CST 
MAY, 2018
The Africana Book Award will sponsor this month’s webinar. Book will be announced soon.