Global Issues Through Literature (GILS)

Global Issues Through Literature (GILS)

Imagining Other Worlds: Globalizing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Fall and Spring 2021-22

This reading group for K-12 educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and participants brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Sessions this year will take place virtually on Thursday evenings from 5-8 PM (EST). Books and three Act 48 credit hours are provided. Contact Maja Konitzer with questions.

Register for the last reading group here (if educator) and here (if community member wishing to attend conversation with author of Raybearer, Jordan Ifueko).



Dates and Books:

October 21, 2021

Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie 

Discussion led by Dr. K. Frances Lieder, Visiting Professor, Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh


November 18, 2021

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 

Discussion led by Professor Sabrina Robinson, Instructor in Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

Co-sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies


January 20, 2022

Hard-boiled Wonderland by Haruki Murakami 

Discussion led by Dr. Ethan Segal, Associate Professor of Japanese History, Michigan State University

Co-sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia at the University of Pittsburgh


February 24, 2022

Want by Cindy Pon 

Discussion led by:
Victoria Han, Master of Public and International Affairs Candidate, University of Pittsburgh
Catherine Fratto, Engagement Coordinator, Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh

Co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Center

April 28, 2022

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

Discussion led by:
Emilee Ruhland, Communications Coordinator for the European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh

Co-Sponsored by the European Studies Center

May 26, 2022

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Discussion led by:
Shane Carter, Program Coordinator for the Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS) at UC Berkeley and fomer high school history-social science teacher

Co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Center for African StudiesAfrica Access, and the  Title VI Outreach Council of the African Studies Association