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Reading the World: A Book Group for K-12 Teachers Focused on Global Literature

September 5 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Reading the world written under a graphic with a young woman's face, trees growing from the top of her head, books on the side of her head, and a glob at the back of her neck

Brazilian educator Paulo Freire writes, “Reading is not exhausted merely by decoding the written word or written language, but rather anticipated by and extending into knowledge of the world. Reading the world precedes reading the word, and the subsequent reading of the word cannot dispense with continually reading the world. Language and reality are dynamically intertwined” (The Importance of the Act of Reading).

Join the University of Arizona Centers for East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies for our Reading the World book group. Inspired by Freire’s words, we aim to create a space dedicated to educators discussing authentic and engaging global literature for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. We welcome in-service and pre-service teachers, educational aides, administrators, and librarians.

We meet each month from 4:30-6:00 pm at the Eckstrom-Columbus Library (4350 E 22nd St, Tucson, AZ 85711). We welcome your participation whether you’ve read the whole book or a single page. Monthly attendance is encouraged but not required. These monthly events are free and open to the public.

This Month:

Our September title is the young adult novel, The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera.

The Last Cuentista is the winner of the John Newbery Medal and the Pura Belpré Award.

For questions, please contact Katrina Dillon at kedillon@arizona.edu


Eckstrom-Columbus Public Library
4350 E. 22nd St
Tucson, AZ 85711 United States
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Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Arizona
Center for East Asian Studies @ UAriz
Center for Latin American Studies, University of Arizona
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