Friendship and Identity in Literature, Film, and Adolescence
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.
Lecturers and Visiting Faculty
Stephen Cope; Robert Pinsky; Zachary Rossetti; Niobe Way; Robert Weintraub
Funded through the Division of Education Programs