Teaching Latin America Through Film, a weeklong institute for K–16 local and regional educators, will be held on the Vanderbilt campus July 16–20, 2012. The program is organized by the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt and is designed to expand knowledge and teaching about Latin America. While on campus, teachers will expand their knowledge of Latin America by screening selected films and documentaries from Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic. Following each screening, faculty from Vanderbilt will give presentations on the films. Staff from the Center and the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching will facilitate for teachers the development and sharing of curriculum ideas for use in their own classrooms and for sharing with colleagues. Elizabeth Allen and Denise Croker, both of the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, attended the institute in 2011 and have presented their work at regional and national conferences (TFLTA and AATSP). Crocker states, “The Latin American film institute was inspiring and incredibly helpful. As an educator, I’m always looking for fresh ways to link literature with current culture, and the films we watched and discussions that ensued sparked many good ideas for my classes. The institute helped my colleague from school and I plan an interdisciplinary unit for English and Spanish classes—something that would not have happened otherwise. We’re hoping to extend our plans to incorporate other languages, too. Through our final projects, I not only have my own lesson plans to use in the years ahead, but I can use those created by the other participants. Based on our discussions, I now have a lengthy list of suggested films and literature to consider for the future.”

Spots for this summer are still available. Contact claire.p.gonzalez@vanderbilt.edu for more information. www.vanderbilt.edu/clas

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