Global Literature Online Book Group for Educators

Stack of books that will be included in the 2013-14 Global Online Book GroupA partnership of international study centers on Harvard's campus, this online reading series for K-12 educators will explore literature from five global regions: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Russia / Eurasia, the Middle East, and the Muslim world.  Workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss works of global literature with scholars and authors in live, online conversations.  


The four books for the year in this Global Literature Online Book Group beginning in January 2015 are A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, The Sound of Things Falling, Brooklyn Heights, and Sea of Poppies.

For more information about the books, please see the Global Studies Outreach, Global Literature Online Book Group page. 

Session Format

These online sessions will be conducted in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom space  and can be accessed from any computer equipped with the latest version of Flash.  Before a session test your internet connection and versoin of Flash for compatability with AdobeConnect at this diagnostic link.  Webinars include live audio and video, and participants have the option to interact via their own mic and webcam or via text in a live chat box. Each hour-long session will include a combination of presentation, discussion, and question and answer.  Guiding questions and learning goals will be provided prior to each session.  

Recordings of past sessions

These recordings will launch through Flash as an AdobeConnect recording and may take a minute to load. 

Sweetness in the Belly with author Camilla Gibb and Professor William Granara.  

In the Time of the Butterflies with author Julia Alvarez and Professor Glenda Carpio.  (Audio recording)

Kamikaze Girls with Professor Tomiko Yoda

The Bamboo Grove: An Introduction to Sijo with Professor David R. McCannh 

The Accompanist with Professor Julie Buckler 

Purple Hibiscus with Professor Akua Sarr and Kristen Roupenian

This program is co-sponsored by the Harvard Committee on African Studies, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard, Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Center, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University, Harvard University Asia Center.