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Journey to the West & Prester John
Preventing Deadly Conflict: Toward a World Without War
Katheryn Twiss is a graduate student in Archaeology at U. C. Berkeley. Her work focuses on the anthropology of food and zooarchaeology in the Neolithic Near East.
As'ad AbuKhalil is a professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus and a research associate with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley.
Beshara Doumani (Islamic law in the Arab Middle East)
Sener Akturk received his bachelor's degrees in Political Science and International Studies, and his master's degree in International Relations, both from the University of Chicago.
Javier Alvarez-Mon holds degrees in Art History, Near Eastern Archaeology, and Ancient Religions, from the School of the Louvre (Paris), The Jesuit School of Theology, and the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley (California), a
ROBERT ALTER is Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1967.
LAURA W. ALLEN received her Ph.D. in Japanese art history from U.C. Berkeley in 1989.
CINDY AUSEC was born and raised in California. After graduating from high school, she entered the U.S. Army, where she was trained as a German linguist and spent four years in Germany. After army service, she earned a B.A.
CATHERINE CENIZA CHOY is an associate professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where she teaches courses on Asian American history, Filipino American Studies, and contemporary U.S.
TIMOTHY ABDELLAH FUSON completed his Ph.D. in Music at U. C. Berkeley and is both a scholar and performer.
Richard Abrams is a professor emeritus of history at U. C. Berkeley. His expertise is in modern U.S. history, government-business relations, political economy of industrial societies, and the history of deregulation.
Nick Bartel taught two years with the Peace Corps in Micronesia, then worked for 37 years with the San Francisco Unified School District, interspersed with work in Korea, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and a refugee camp in Thailand.
Ken Albala is Professor of History at the University of the Pacific in Stockton California and Director of Food Studies at the San Francisco campus.
Jo Ann Conrad is a folklorist who has researched in the field of narrative, specifically the Fairy Tale.
Esther Clinton is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University. She received her Ph.D.
Beverly Bossler is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on gender and social history, particularly the Song and Yuan dynasties.
History courses are peopled with the prestigious, the wealthy, the powerful.
Summer Institute for k-12 Teachers
June 25 - 27, 2018
"From Gaza I travelled to the city of Ab
Empire building has been a prominent thread in human history since ancient times.
ORIAS helps teachers globalize their course materials.
Please do not hesistate to email with questions or requests for assistance.
Our chosen topic, Migrations and Diasporas, seems particularly fitting given the current refugee crisis in the Mediterranean region.
Summer Institute for Community College Educators
June 2 - 3, 2017
See images of some of the original tablets. Learn about the history of writing. Hear parts of the epic read in the original Akkadian.
My love affair with podcasts began while I was teaching.
Between 1998 and 2000, ORIAS held a series of teacher institutes at UC Berkeley on the theme of teaching pre-modern history through literature.
2016 Community College Summer Institute, Women in World History:
"I arrived ... at the city of Cairo, mother of cities ...
"When the afterno
"At every halt the Turks loose their hor
Recommended literature from around the world.
Summer Institute for Community College Teachers
May 31 - June 2, 2018
Joseph Campbell's Monomyth, developed in Hero With A Thousand Faces, describes the common heroic narrative in which a heroic protagonist sets out, has transformative adventures, and returns home.
ORIAS Summer Institutes invite educators to be students again.
2016 - 2017 San Francisco & East Bay Books
Modern technologies enable young students to observe and - in some ways - participate in pop culture from around the world. What is pop culture and where does it come from?
Read summaries of the narrative, including one illustrated with art from different regions. See a beautiful digitized version of the tale. Watch a controversial modern film based on the epic.
Watch video from ShadowLight Productions about bringing Balinese shadow theater to America. Download lesson plans to use shadow theater with students of all ages.
This plot summary of the Sundiata epic organizes the tale using the Monomyth structure.
Call to Adventure
“THROUGH TRAVEL I FIRST BECAME AWARE OF THE OUTSIDE WORLD; IT WAS THROUGH TRAVEL THAT I FOUND MY OWN INTROSPECTIVE WAY INTO BECOMING A PART OF IT.” – EUDORA WELTY
A short selection of resources on the value and challenges of teaching World Literature.
"Our stay at al-Madina ...
How have societies historically viewed the role of information technology from cuneiform tablets to social media? What conditions fostered innovation in industrial and military technology and what were the social consequences? Why did technologica
Travelers’ tales are older than writing itself and have lost little of their popularity over time. For historians, travelers offer unique insights into cross-cultural exchange, as well as interpretive challenges.
Read a summary of the epic. Learn about its history and its author. Compare dozens of versions of the same scene in an extensive database. Plus, recommendations for English-language versions of the epic for children.
Side Trips will give you some historical backgro
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Summer Institute for k-12 Educators
June 26 – 28, 2017
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Art production for public display has been a component of every historical era.
How would your curriculum change if your default historical subjects were women, rather than men?
Keene, Donald. Seeds in the Heart: Japanese Literature from Earliest Times to the Late Sixteenth Century, New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1993.
This plot summary, by Hero's Journey Project scholar Stephania Burke, outlines the myth of Yamato Takeru within the Monomyth format.
Call to Adventure