Great Stories Club

"What Makes a Hero? Self, Society and Rising to the Occasion"

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“What Makes a Hero?” reading list (*denotes core text, which will be covered in the project orientation workshop):
  • *Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze
  • *Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began, Art Spiegelman
  • *Binti, Nnedi Okorafor
  • Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two, Joseph Bruchac
  • What Can(t) Wait, Ashley Hope Pérez
  • Buck: A Memoir, MK Asante

Timeline for NEH-funded grants:

  • Applications accepted online May 7—July 9, 2018
  • Grant notification: By August 1, 2018
  • Programming Term: September 2018—August 2019
  • Workshop for grantees: November 15—16, 2018 in Chicago, IL
  • Online final report due: September 30, 2019 or within 30 days of final program

Essay on “What Makes a Hero " written by Maria Sachiko Cecire, Director of Experimental Humanities and Assistant Professor of Literature at Bard College

Sample discussion questions for series books written by Maria Sachiko Cecire

Related reading list, prepared by national project advisor Jennifer Mann

Supplemental activity ideas, prepared by Jennifer Mann

Certificate of achievement (for GSC participants)

Certificate of appreciation (for GSC partners and supporters)

GSC Reader Survey (Word, PDF)

GSC Reader Survey Administration Instructions (PDF)

Promotional materials:

Resources from the workshop:

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