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From Seoul to San Juan: New Voices from around the Globe Special EventVirtual

Headshots of (from left to right): Ayodele Casel (by Michael Higgins) and Crystal Monee Hall

Thursday, Jan 18, 2024Thursday, Jan 25, 2024Thursday, Feb 01, 2024Thursday, Feb 08, 2024

5:00–6:15 PM EST

A 4-Part Online Workshop for English, ENL, Social Studies & World Language Teachers

Presented in collaboration with Words Without Borders, the premiere destination for a global literary conversation.

Arts and literature have the power to break through the walls that separate us into different cultures, ethnicities, nationalities. To truly understand each other we must look not to our preachers and politicians, but to our poets and writers who, in large parts of the world, play the role of journalist and historian.
—Reza Aslan

What connects the moon landing and a young girl’s coming-out in Puerto Rico? What is it like to read banned books in Iran’s most religious city?

Starting this January, join international publisher Words Without Borders and connect with new world literature in this globe-spanning mini-course. We’ll look at performance poetry from the Dominican Republic, twisty mysteries from Japan, and groundbreaking women’s voices from Iran and Egypt. This four-session course will equip educators to bring new, transformative literature to students—without rewriting their entire unit plans or reading lists.

We’ll discuss, among other things:

- The art of translation and making a translator’s choices visible
- Providing cultural context for poetry and stories
- Diverse approaches to storytelling around the world

This course is open to any teachers across the world anywhere, but space is limited!

CTLE credit available for public school teachers

$10 for all four sessions / Academy Fellows*
$15 for all four sessions / Non-Academy Fellows

*You are a Fellow of The Academy for Teachers if you have been accepted to, and attended, an in-person master class.

Nadia Kalman

Nadia Kalman is the global education director for Words Without Borders, helping to bring eye-opening global literature and culture into classrooms ( A former teacher and administrator, Nadia is also a writer. She received a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and is currently at work on her second novel. She holds a BA in comparative literature from Yale, an MA in instructional technology and media from Teachers College at Columbia, and an EdM in educational leadership from Bank Street.

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