Sharing great world texts with the local community in Buenos Aires

In Fall 2013, an ongoing program from New York was brought to NYU’s global site in Buenos Aires. NYU Gallatin’s Great World Texts program has been running for six years in New York. The program involves NYU students going to New York City public schools as mentors for the younger students as they read an annually selected great work of world literature and develop their own creative expressions in response.
This year’s experience in Buenos Aires not only had the program go global to another country but also had it cross languages – Great World Text in Buenoes Aires involved four NYU Buenos Aires students and 65 Argentine public high school seniors (on the English track in a modern languages-focused school) and their five teachers.
All worked in English from September through November on Maxine Hong Kingston’s “The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts” – and they produced a lovely video about their experiences. The video was shown at Gallatin’s annual Great World Texts Celebration in November, an event at which the NYC public high school students perform their creative projects live. The Buenos Aires participants later got to celebrate and view photos and examples from the NYC event.
A very fine program and a deep, moving, inspiring experience for all. Here is the video:

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