Imagining Mexico: Layers of Culture, Story, and Identity
August 6-9, 2019
“I am Mexican by will and by imagination.” - Carlos Fuentes
How do we approach teaching concepts like culture and identity in our classrooms? In her extraordinary TED talk, novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warns us “the consequence of the single story is that it robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult and it emphasizes that we are different rather than how we are similar.”
This institute will explore how we avoid the danger of a single story. Rather than looking at the single story that often characterizes Mexico in politics and media, this institute will combine multiple layers of stories, cultural traditions, and artwork to paint a complex picture of Mexico. Teachers will leave the institute with an approach for curating any cultural or historical experience in the classroom and with a variety of strategies for discussing cultural topics.
Throughout the week participants will create with multiple art forms, marrying text with visual art, music, movement, and theatre. The institute is always shaped around core texts, but all institute activities can be applied to any grade level and text, preschool through adults.
The Chicago Institute is co-sponsored by Summit School District 104 and Berwyn North School District 98 with support from the Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement.
This year's institute will be held at The National Museum of Mexican Art
We are still working on this year's itinerary. For an overall feeling of the institute schedule and presenters download last year's itinerary here
Each year Habla collaborates with Arnold Aprill and his organization Radical Compliance Arts and Learning Laboratory to find innovative ways to document the institute. Visit here and learn more about the experience at the 2018 institute Chasing Windmills.