Festival America
Festival America, the bi-annual event that celebrates the literature of North America, is back for its 9th edition in Vincennes from 20 to 23 September. It offers a weekend where booklovers will be hard-pushed to choose between all the delights on offer.
Dorothea Lange Exhibition: Teacher and Class Visits
The Jeu de Paume museum in Paris will be hosting an exhibition of Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange’s work from 16 October to 27 January. (Or catch it at the Barbican in London this summer.) It’s a wonderful subject for class work, and we’ll be publishing a Ready to Use Resource and a competition for pupils in September. Meantime, you can sign up for a special free teacher’s day visit on 6 November. And the Mona Bismarck Center will be offering class visits in English to the exhibition.
Teaching with BlacKkKlansman
Spike Lee’s new film BlacKkKlansman is based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, a Colorado Springs policeman who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. This downloadable audio interview with Stallworth is excellent for listening comprehension.
Kneeling for His Rights
NFL American football star Colin Kaepernick brought attention to Black Lives Matter’s protests about police brutality towards African Americans with his silent protests, kneeling instead of standing when “The Star-Spangled Banner” played before NFL games. Two years on, Kaepernick has been frozen out of the football league but has won two major human-rights awards for his actions, and is now fronting a new Nike advert.

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