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Program News

Fourth Annual Living Newspapers Teacher Workshop

The Living Newspaper Program invites area educators to its fourth annual Living Newspapers Teacher Workshop. Designed by UT faculty, graduate and professional students, high school teachers, and Austin theater professionals, the Teacher Workshop will offer the knowledge and tools to incorporate Living Newspapers into the classroom to teach critical thinking skills, creative approaches to writing, research, and performance, and civic engagement.

The Workshop will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2010 from 9AM to 3PM with a break for lunch provided by the program. The first session will be held in the Brockett Theatre on the UT-Austin campus (LINK to UT MAP). This will serve as a general introduction to the Living Newspapers program as well as Familiarize participants with the curriculum through interactive exercises.

In addition to receiving free copies of the Living Newspapers Resource Guide, which includes TEKS-aligned classroom activities and lesson plans, participating teachers will be awarded a $100 stipend and given six hours of professional development credit.

Space is limited in the Living Newspapers Teacher Workshop and an RSVP is required. Please contact the Program Coordinator at livingnewspaper@austin.utexas.edu by Friday, January 15, if you are Interested. The Workshop is sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance, the Humanities Institute, and the Graduate School.

Fall 2008 Living Newspaper Activities

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The Living Newspaper Project had a very successful Fall 2008 semester, with several LN firsts. Brian McDonough and Heidi Klein's Advanced Placement Spanish classes at West Wood High school undertook the first foreign language Living Newspaper project. Tiara Naputi, an experienced and bilingual Graduate Consultant, worked extensively with the classes on projects centering on Human Rights issues in Latin America. Reflecting on the experience, Tiara said, "I think that future projects geared towards human rights issues in Latin America are necessary and timely projects...regardless of the language of the performances, everyone involved in the project gained insight into some historical and contemporary human rights issues in an area of the world that deserves more attention in projects such as these." In another Living Newspaper first, Stephen Bratteng's astronomy class used the living newspaper form to learn and to teach each other about our solar system.

Patrick Schmidt, a returning LN teacher at Round Rock High School, lead his creative writing class in Living Newspaper projects on gay marriage and arranged marriage with the help of Graduate Consultants Katelyn Wood and Rawan Arar. Malhaz Jibladze, now on his fourth LN project at AISD's Liberal Arts and Science Academy, worked with Graduate Consultants Artina Hunter and Shu Yang to craft video projects on a wide variety of human rights subjects. Artina also worked with Angie Andrade at Travis Early College High School in San Antonio to create a series of Living Newspaper performances around issues of immigration, human smuggling and bilingual education.

In other LN news, we mourn the passing of Dr. Margaret Woodruff-Wieding, a founding member of the LN team (please see photo inset). On happier note, Ann David, the LN Teacher Liaison, welcomed twin boys, Jack and David, into her family in November. Keep an eye out for upcoming program development, as we are still exploring the possibility of revising and publishing the resource guide over the course of the next couple of years.

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