9.01.2011

Semester 4: The Art of the Biography.

Confused about Project Learn? You can check it out here.

Probably as a by-product of learning about New York all summer, I became very interested in some of the individuals I was learning about. History might be considered the combination of decisions made by important people.

I'm interested in people. And so for the fourth semester of Project Learn, we're going to tackle Biographies. Let me be clear: this biography thing could be 15 years worth of material for Project Learn. But since I'm restricted to 3 months, we're going to keep things simple. A diverse group of biographies and then some activities to highlight the importance of individuals.

Readings (choose 4 of 6)
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Greater Journey by David McCullough
The First Tycoon: the Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles
Vera by Stacy Schiff
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Emperor of all Maladies (A Biography of Cancer) by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Assignments
Visit my grandpa and do a video interview about his life
Visit the Vanderbilt mansion in Newburgh
Watch lots of 30 Rock
Create a family calendar with family members' birthdays, anniversaries, important dates. Make an effort to send cards to celebrate the important moments!
Weekly photo posts of statues (or art!) dedicated to an important person

QUESTION TO THE GROUP: Who are you fascinated by? Who would be at the top of your list if you were reading biographies? Share!

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