Between 1998 and 2000, ORIAS held a series of teacher institutes at UC Berkeley on the theme of teaching pre-modern history through literature. Using a comparative model based on Joseph Campbell's monomyth (Hero With A Thousand Faces, 1949), middle school teachers, university scholars and performers explored ways to bring pre-modern history to life through the introduction of national heroic traditions. The process generated rigorous content to help teachers integrate challenging literature and critical thinking skills into their courses. Most important though, the stories, with their diverse cultural roots, were exciting and fun to read and teach. The Hero's Journey Project was born out of the enthusiasm and partnerships developed during this series of meetings.

The primary Hero's Journey Internet Project team members were:

ORIAS staff:

  • Michele Delattre, Program Coordinator (orias@berkeley.edu)
  • Erik Sahlin, Technology Coordinator and graduate student in history at U. C. Berkeley

Scholars:

  • Stephania Burke, a graduate student in East Asian Languages at U. C. Berkeley during this project.
  • Edan Dekel, a graduate student in Classics at U. C. Berkeley and ORIAS lecturer during this project. 
  • Robert Goldman, Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies, U. C. Berkeley
  • Ousmane Macalou, Lecturer in Department of Special Languages, Stanford University

Teachers:

  • Nick Bartel, Horace Mann Middle School, San Francisco
  • Sheryl Corke, Corte Madera Middle School, Portola Valley
  • Donna Kasprowicz, Corte Madera Middle School, Portola Valley
  • Dede Tisone-Bartels, co-director of the Bay Area California Arts Project (BayCAP)
  • Brigid Corboy, Corte Madera Middle School, Portola Valley

Performers:

  • Yacine Kouyate, jali (oral historian), Mali and Berkeley, CA (yasbadian@hotmail.com)
    Yacine can also be contacted for classroom performances.
  • Jyoti Rout, Odissi dancer, Fremont, CA
    http://www.jyotikalamandir.org/
  • Donna Kasprowicz's 6th grade class at Corte Madera Middle School, Portola Valley, 2000

Funding:

Funding and assistance for the History Through Literature Internet Project was provided by Interactive University at U. C. Berkeley, Oakland Unified School District, U. C. Berkeley Multimedia Research Project and ORIAS.