Book Groups

Book and film groups are growing in popularity as a professional development tool, enabling teachers to form close learning communities by sharing in-depth discussion and analysis of new or classic publications. This less-structured format lends itself to open discussion and customization to educator interests and needs.

A Chinese Life

Start Date: February 19, 2020
End Date: April 14, 2020
Time Detail: 8 Sessions; 16 PD Hours
Location: Online
Type of Course: Book Groups
Course Description: An autobiography in graphic-novel form. A Chinese Life traces a remarkable personal journey through modern history, form the creation of the People's Republic of China in 1949 to the present day. Working in close collaboration with writer Philippe Otie, artist Li Kunwu has created a timely and compelling memoir of state and self that is at once epic and intimate, comic and tragic, in scope.

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Offered to: All States

Remembering America’s Twentieth-Century Asian Wars

Start Date: March 3, 2020
End Date: April 18, 2020
Time Detail: 6:00 p.m. on March 3, March 12 and April 4; All day field trip on April 18, 2020
Location: Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA
Type of Course: Book Groups
Audience: K-12 Educators
Course Description: As we reflect on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we are once again reminded of the importance of commemorations, monuments, and public memory. Come join us for a fascinating book series on America’s twentieth-century wars in Asia. Rather than learning about the events of those wars, we will focus instead on the ways in which the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, and Americans choose to remember, commemorate, and celebrate these horrific events. At the conclusion of the series, we will participate in a field trip to Washington to critically read some of our nation’s war memorials. Participants can join all three book clubs as well as the field trip, or they can selectively choose those that best fit their schedule and teaching interests. (Participants wishing to join the field trip must attend at least one book group.) Dinner will be included for each scheduled meeting.
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Offered to: Pennsylvania

The 47 Ronin: A Graphic Novel

Start Date: April 22, 2020
End Date: May 12, 2020
Time Detail: 3 Sessions; 6 PD Hours
Location: Online
Type of Course: Book Groups
Course Description: Understanding Japan through Graphic Novels
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Offered to: All States