Tuesday March 17, 2015
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

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Elizabeth Taylor 
America in Class – National Humanities Center 

Teaching The Book Thief

Webinar Details

PLATO logoWhat keeps people silent in the face of moral wrongs? Do we have a moral obligation to help others? Is it morally permissible to resist authority in certain situations? What is the relationship between courage and fear? In The Book Thief, Markus Zusak explores issues of life and death, friendship and community, oppression and resistance, and the nature of courage. This webinar will consider these topics within the structure of a community of philosophical inquiry, a structured, collaborative exploration aimed at constructing meaning and acquiring understanding through the examination of philosophical questions. We will begin with a short talk about ways to inspire a robust community of philosophical inquiry in the classroom. Participants will then be asked to engage directly with the framing questions posed, by responding to prompts and taking part in discussion, exercises and thought experiments.