Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference

By Seth Dixon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geography, Rhode Island College “Whatever you can rightly say about India, the opposite is also true.” —Amartya Sen I am torn about how to teach these two ideas about cultures and societies all around the world: People and cultures are different all over the world. People and cultures are the same all over the world. These points may … Continue reading Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference

The World in a City

Toronto-based photographer and former high school geography and psychology teacher, Colin Boyd Shafer, stopped by National Geographic headquarters to talk about Cosmopolis Toronto, a documentary project that reveals the true diversity of Toronto through photography, stories, and mapping. See ideas below for how you, too, can connect your students to their communities and the world.   Can you find the world in one city? Inspired … Continue reading The World in a City

Outkast in Atlanta

ARTS Outkast represents Atlanta. 20 years ago, the duo made a conscious decision to, as Andre 3000 says, put the city on their backs: “The best way to represent the places where you from is be yourself, completely. And just say, ‘I’m from this place.’” (NPR) Use this “Picture of Practice” video to see how one teacher uses media to generate discussion and self-awareness about cultural … Continue reading Outkast in Atlanta

Bright Lights, Makati City

WORLD Makati City, known as the financial center of the Philippines, can now boast another distinction: It is the Selfie Capital of the World. (Time) Use our resources to explore self-identity through media. Discussion Ideas Watch our “picture of practice” video “Understanding Self through Media.” Seventh-grade teacher Karen Daley works to create “media-to-self and peer-to-self connections.” Adapt the classroom discussion for the Time article on … Continue reading Bright Lights, Makati City

Graffiti Leaves Its Mark

TRAVEL Scrawling your name on an ancient monument is usually condemned—except when it isn’t. (The Guardian) Are graffitists “guerilla geographers”? You decide, but don’t try this at home. Discussion Ideas The Great Wall of China now has a section where graffiti is allowed and even encouraged. Do you support this decision? Do you think it will discourage graffiti on other parts of the Great Wall? … Continue reading Graffiti Leaves Its Mark