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Friday, March 16 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Community College Freshmen and MA Students: Students Reflections on a Collaboration on Literature and Terrorism through a Novel

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Within the framework of a cluster Tragedy, Comedy, Absurdity, we developed one staged unit in which LaGuardia Community College First Year liberal arts students collaborated in writing and conversation with Moroccan students enrolled in a second year Masters of Humanities program at the University of Abdelmalek Essaadi, Tetouan, Morocco, during Fall 2017. Within the framework of a cluster Tragedy, Comedy, Absurdity, we developed one staged unit in which LaGuardia Community College First Year liberal arts students collaborated in writing and conversation with Moroccan students enrolled in a second year Masters of Humanities program at the University of Abdelmalek Essaadi, Tetouan, Morocco, during Fall 2017.

In this cluster we considered how plays and novels address major questions about life: Why are we here? Is there a real purpose to this life? Is there such a thing as destiny? In what ways are we free, unfree? To what degree are we controlled by our genes, our environment? Why do we cross ethical boundaries, commit crimes? How do individuals from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds approach and navigate these kinds of questions?

The cluster is comprised of 5 courses: Introduction to Theatre, English Composition I, The Research Paper, Introduction to Theatre, and French and Francophone Literature in Translation.

Reading classic Greek and contemporary plays, students explored different characters’ responses to ambiguous, treacherous, and absurd situations. In the Francophone literature course, students investigated significant French and Francophone literary works from the 19th century to today, and discussed utopist ideas, love and hate, responsibility and freedom, family and faith, compassion and loyalty, violence and war.

Our project focused on the novel Horses of God written by the Moroccan author, Mahi Binabine. The novel traces the lives of four childhood friends growing up near in a slum near Casablanca, navigating poverty, violence and religious fundamentalism. Students in both colleges read the novel, watched the film, wrote assignments about the novel, created introductory videos about themselves and wrote post-COIL reflections.

Speakers
avatar for Habiba Boumlik

Habiba Boumlik

Associate Professor, LaGuardia CC
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/herBio: Dr. Boumlik teaches Arabic and French at LaGuardia CC. Her publications include: “Female Activists in Tunisian Socio-Political Movements. The Case of Amira Yahyaoui” in Arab Women and the Media in Changing Landscapes. Springer. 2017. Doris... Read More →
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Phyllis van Slyck

Professor, LaGuardia Community College
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/herBio: Phyllis van Slyck teaches writing and literature courses from a global perspective. She is interested in postcolonial literature, gender issues, and texts that elucidate the social and cultural construction of identity. Her forthcoming publications... Read More →


Friday March 16, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 4 FIT Conference Center

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