Friendship and Identity in Literature, Film, and Adolescence

Format

Residential

Location

Boston, MA

Dates

July 10-22, 2022

Length

2 weeks

Type

Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience

Contact

@email

617-290-5045

As an abiding feature of adolescence, friendship is of special curricular interest in the high school English classroom. During this innovative, collaborative institute, teachers (9-12) examine how friendship is understood, portrayed, and experienced from literary, social, cultural, theoretical, and pedagogical perspectives. Alongside colleagues and guest scholars including Robert Pinsky, and through literature and scholarship, teachers explore friendship’s cultural/social contexts and factors including gender, race, class, loyalty, reciprocity, social media, and power dynamics. Teachers develop curricular materials to help their students become more nuanced readers of friendship in literature and in their own lives.

Project Director(s)

Karen Harris; Stephan Ellenwood

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Stephen Cope; Robert Pinsky; Zachary Rossetti; Niobe Way; Robert Weintraub

Grantee Institution

Boston University

Funded through the Division of Education Programs