Global Studies 24, Section 2

Reading the Word and the World: An introduction to global studies through the New York Times magazine (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor Erin Murphy-Graham
Tuesday 12:00-1:00, 2320 Tolman Hall, Class number: 41426

Paulo Freire, a Brazilian theorist famous for his work in the field of education, believed that students needed to know how to “read the word” before they could “read the world.” In this weekly seminar, open only to freshman, we will “read the word and the world” through the lens of the New York Times Magazine. The seminar is intended to make students feel at home in the UC Berkeley community. It hopes to help students participate actively in the intellectual life of campus and to positively influence their trajectory as scholars.

In this seminar we will begin by reading a few key texts, including an interview with Freire where he discusses, among other ideas, the notion of “reading the word and the world.” We will then look at a short introductory text on Globalization. Each week we read the New York Times Magazine (cover to cover!). We will establish a discussion protocol to scaffold what will be many engaging conversations.

Instructor Bio

Erin Murphy-Graham is broadly interested in the role education plays in fostering or inhibiting social change. Her research areas focus on how education can promote gender equity and women's empowerment, the expansion and reform of secondary education in Latin America, and the connection between research and policy. With funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, she is currently engaged in a longitudinal mixed-methods study investigating the impact of secondary school in the lives of adolescents in 110 rural Honduran communities. She is the author of Opening Minds, Improving Lives: Education and Women's Empowerment in Honduras (Vanderbilt University Press, Spring 2012) and her articles have appeared in journals including International Journal of Educational Development, International Review of Education, Gender and Education, and the American Journal of Evaluation.

This seminar is part of the following programs

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