In this fall’s Contemporary Short Fiction class, our text will be Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories, published by the Great Books Foundation and available on their website in either print or Kindle format. We will read short stories by authors linked to South Korea, China, Iran, Russia, Bosnia, Uruguay, Peru, Haiti, Guatemala, Mexico, and Canada. Many of the stories are about home and away; separation and assimilation; connection and disconnection: in short, they are about immigration and exile. Most of the writers were unfamiliar to me, but now they are new friends I want to know better.
Our method is similar to what Waring students experience in a Humanities class discussion: I begin by asking an open-ended, Great Books question to help us unpack the story. The discussion takes off from there, typically on unexpected, serious, humorous, pleasurable, and enlightening paths. Together we discover truths we are unlikely to have discovered alone. Waring Faculty members and guests join our discussions on occasion, always as fellow learners.
If you are wondering whether the class might be right for you, please feel free to send me an email at my Waring address (firstname.lastname@example.org) or speak with someone who has attended before. Our "alumni" numbers are increasing. Welcome!