Newsletter, 31 July 2013

“You can’t really change the heart without telling a story.” –Martha C. Nussbaum
31 July 2013
Dear Friends,
Pre-Texts summer programs in Boston will be celebrating their graduation ceremonies with exhibits and performances that showcase their creative work. An early congratulations to all of the Boston Public School teachers and site coordinators for their dedication to implementing Pre-Texts.
Japanese-American artist and musician Drue Kataoka,
World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, 
bridges the fields of art and technology.
Her current efforts address the issue of women in the arts.    

Above, her outdoor installation
“After the Celestial Axe” 
on view
at the Djerassi SMIP Ranch. 
art is a force that drives innovation

In defense of the humanities
 We academic defenders of the humanities generally take one of two lines: we argue that
1) our majors ARE work force preparation — we develop strong analytical skills, good writing, problem-solving, etc., or 2) we have no need to justify what we teach because the value of the humanities, the study of what makes us human, is self-evident.”

For the full article, please read “Thinking About the Public” by Paula M. Krebs

A stack of Cisneros’s classic, The House on Mango Street, awaits the students of the Talented and Gifted (TAG) Student Summer Program, 2013

Pre-Texts & the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León, Mexico have established an academic partnership!
This collaboration aims to reach 17,000 students in the first round of Pre-Texts implementation.
Stay tuned for more details.

The Vietnamese Heritage Academy
Congratulations to the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet AID) Community Center for completing a Pre-Texts training workshop with Dr. Doris Sommer!
The Academy will be implementing Pre-Texts to teach students Vietnamese using difficult and classic texts.

Save the date!

Work from the Mario Umana Summer Program, 2013Mario Umana Academy 
Invites all families and friends of the OELL/BELL Scholars to
the End of Program Showcase

When: August 8th, 2013 @ 10:30-11:30am
Where: 3rd floor, Mario Umana Academy

The Spanish Heritage Academy Graduation
When: August 9th
Where: Mario Umana Academy

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