This timely volume addresses those who teach and study multicultural
topics. Rather than offering a Band-Aid approach to curricular offerings,
the contributors demonstrate inclusive, innovative ways to integrate multicultural
issues and media into existing courses.
In "Struggling for America's Soul: A Search for Some Common Ground
in the Multicultural Debate," Lester Friedman leads off the volume
with an analysis of the value and necessity of multicultural approaches
for today's students and for society at large. The essays that follow
provide a wealth of material for organizing courses, including week-by-week
syllabi detailing specific writing assignments, bibliographical information
on readings, and sources for films and videos. The contributors, who teach
at institutions ranging from community colleges through major research
universities, describe their experiences teaching students of various
ages, backgrounds, and interests.
Shared Differences will be of value to all who use media as a
tool in their teaching, whether in history, literature, or the social
sciences, as well as to those who teach film and video production.
"Should be high on the reading list of anyone interested in the issues of multicultural education... Contains outlines for direct practical action in the pedagogy of media and image making that grows organically from a reasoned and committed theoretical stance." -- Asian Cinema