Date(s) - Tuesday March 15
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Smith Hall, Room 104B
In 2007, in the wake of 9/11 and the “war on terror,” Moshin Hamid published The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which was short-listed for the Booker prize and adapted as a movie that was highlighted at the Venice Film Festival.
Hamid’s novel—while fiction—raises many productive issues associated with cross-cultural interactions within the US and beyond, including how we in the United States have responded to Arab Americans in the years since the attack on the World Trade Center. The book reached #4 on the New York Times bestseller list and sold well over a million copies in the first years after its publication. Since then, it has been the first-year common reading at a number of US colleges and universities, including Davidson, Tulane, Washington University in Saint Louis, Drake, Siena, Lehigh, Rollins, and more. The novel has also become a mainstay in Asian Studies programs and global literature courses.
Come to a “book club” discussion of the novel and its interplay with historical and cultural issues in a global context and of its potential for interdisciplinary teaching. The first 20 of those signing up to attend will receive a free copy of the novel. Light refreshments will be served.
This event will be presented by Sarah Robbins, the Koehler Center Fellow for Global Citizenship. As the Koehler Center Global Citizenship fellow, Sarah Robbins is charged with facilitating conversations and program development among faculty who are incorporating the TCU Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) into their teaching. Sarah brings to this endeavor a career-long commitment to global learning, both in the classroom and beyond. She looks forward to fostering collaborative projects in curriculum development; supporting partnerships that integrate co-curricular and community-based learning with course-linked study; and helping facilitate faculty members’ own explorations of global citizenship. Since coming to TCU, Sarah has new courses in Global American Literatures and in the practice of cross-cultural learning consistent with Kwame Appiah’s model for cosmopolitan citizenship. Her scholarship has always had a global emphasis, ranging from writing on women teaching in China to co-editing a collection of publications by a missionary teacher to Angola in the early twentieth century. Recently, collaborating with a group of international faculty women, she published a collection of essays on “Bridging Cultures” that grew out of a collaborative study for ex-pat women faculty now teaching in the US. In line with the Boyer model of multi-faceted scholarship in action, Sarah hopes to support TCU faculty who would like to research their own teaching for and/or about global citizenship.