Monday, August 2, 2010
Teaching about various viewpoints of America
I just came across this movie called The Listening Project which is available for live stream on Netflix. The film selects a group of Americans to travel the world and do something that all too often we forget to do, listen to others. The movie is focused on asking foreigners in countries outside the United States how they view the U.S. It is a bit hard to bring the perspective of "average" or every day non-Americans into the classroom (much of the written work is done by journalists or scholars with at times differing viewpoints), but this film makes it easily accessible. I am planning to show this film to my students at the end of the first week of my American Humanities class when we talk about "What does it mean to be an American?" More news to follow!