19 Dispatches from the Danger Zone
Despite the daily headlines, wars raging around the world can seem unreal and irrelevant to our lives. Two authors who’ve seen the fighting and its aftermath up close help us understand how those conflicts matter to us all. Graphic novelist Sarah Glidden found an audience with her first book How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less. She’s back with Rolling Blackouts, looking at how the lives of refugees from the Iraq war have been altered by the war, and how those changes are reported by journalists. Writer and practising doctor Kevin Patterson joined the Canadian army to pay for medical school. After serving for nine years, Patterson drew on his experiences working in Afghanistan for News From the Red Desert, a novel about a war correspondent.
Note: Changes have been made to this event since the program was printed. The event now takes place in Waterfront Theatre.
Although this event is marked 'sold out,' a limited number of tickets may be available at the door.
- Rolling Blackouts, Sarah Glidden
- News From the Red Desert, Kevin Patterson
- Human geography, journalism, observation
The key to human rights education is transforming statistics into human beings. While it's nearly impossible to relate to all refugees, it is possible to understand the life of one.
Ask students to research the refugee situation in the Middle East.
Follow it up by having your students write a diary pretending to be a refugee teenager making the journey to safety and the joys and complications of establishing a new life in a new country.