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Spring Online Book Club Explores Japan via Graphic Novel /Manga (January 18th, 2024)

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Thursday, January 18, 2024 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Welcome to our spring Educators' Book Discussion Club! We are excited to explore a thought-provoking manga that not only captivates the imagination but also serves as a valuable educational resource. Our featured work is a powerful graphic novel that unveils the story of "Minamata," shedding light on the historic and ongoing struggle against the debilitating Minamata disease caused by environmental negligence.
We understand the importance of connecting literature with real-world issues, and "Minamata" offers a compelling platform for discussions on environmental responsibility, corporate ethics, and social activism. Join us as we delve into the pages of this manga, exploring its potential applications in the classroom to engage students in critical thinking and meaningful dialogue. Our discussions will not only unravel the historical context of Minamata but also provide a bridge to contemporary environmental challenges, fostering a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness between literature, history, and the pressing issues of our time. Let's explore innovative ways to incorporate this graphic novel into lesson plans, encouraging students to analyze, question, and reflect on the world around them.
Whether you're an English teacher looking for a captivating text, a science teacher interested in environmental studies, or an educator from any discipline eager to inspire meaningful conversations, this Book Discussion Club is tailored to cater to your professional and academic interests. Join us in this collaborative journey as we explore the intersection of literature and education, sparking curiosity! 
We kindly ask that you read the book before the session to fully engage in the discussion. Upon registration, the first 50 educators will receive a complimentary copy of "The Minamata Story: An EcoTragedy" by mail or an e-book via Kindle. We have limited openings for this webinar. Sign up and mark your calendar now! 
This program is offered in conjunction with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia and is supported by a grant from the Freeman Foundation.
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