Global Read Webinar Series

Reading Across Cultures
Diverse Social Justice Books for the 7 – 12 grade Classroom


Once a month, the World Area Book Awards will sponsor a 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom. The spring webinar series focuses on social justice. We encourage you to read the books with your colleagues, students, and community, and then join us to hear more from the author.  The books are appropriate for students in grades 7-12.  If participating in all four webinar sessions, participants will receive a certificate of completion. Be sure to join the conversation with our webinar hashtag #2018ReadingAcrossCultures. All sessions are free and open to the public. All times listed refer to Central Standard Time (CST). Sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, the Middle East Outreach Council, and African Studies Outreach Council.

FEBRUARY 8, 2018

The Américas Award explores the diversity of Latin America by focusing on Cuba with award winning author, Margarita Engle. Engle, the national Young People’s Poet Laureate will discuss her book Lion Island and share teaching and discussion ideas to explore the story of Antonio Chuffat, a young man of African, Chinese, and Cuban descent who becomes a champion for civil rights. Discuss the historical context and learn more with the author and Associate Director of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies and founder of the Américas Award, Julie Kline. This webinar is sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs with additional support from Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American StudiesFlorida International University and The University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies.

MARCH 12, 2018


South Asia Book Award will hold a conversation  with  Padma Venkatraman, author of Island’s End. Island’s End explores issues of cultural identity and activism in the Andaman Islands. Venkatraman will discuss her inspiration to tackle issues such as gender equity, leadership, and environmental stewardship. We will discuss ways of incorporating these themes in the classroom and wider community.
TIME: 3:30 PM-4:15 CST 

APRIL 26, 2018

The Middle East Book Award is pleased to present during National Arab American Heritage month a conversation with award-winning author, Ibtisam Barakat on her book Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine, an enlightening look at the not often depicted daily life in a politically tumultuous area. Barakat will discuss a life full of challenges that inspired defiance and creative ways of finding solutions. Join us as we discuss human rights, gender equality, and the power of words to take us and our thoughts to faraway places.
TIME: 6:00 – 7:15 PM CST 

MAY, 2018 [day & time to be set ASAP]
The Children’s Africana Book Award explores the nature and brutality of British colonialism in Kenya with Meja Mwangi, author of CABA winner Mzungu Boy. Sponsored by the African Studies Outreach Council.