Beautiful Leaves: The Legacy of Latin American Women Writers
July 31-August 4, 2017
"Women’s writing in Latin America is characterized by a subversive kind of happiness. You have to read between the lines, passing beyond the rage, the weariness and frustration. It comes from a newfound power for expression and the sheer joy of exercising it to denounce ancient injustices and to clamor for changes. When a woman writes, she calls on us to show more love and respect for each other: why don’t we just band together and set this upside-down world back on its feet?"
In this, the 9th annual Habla Teacher Institute, our focus shifts specifically to female writers of Latin America. We will read a variety of short stories, journal entries, and essays by women through the Latin-American diaspora including works from Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Sor Juana de la Cruz, and Clarice Lispector.
Throughout the week participants will create with multiple art forms, marrying text with visual art, music, movement, and theatre. As always, the goal of the Habla Institute is to model and develop ways to create meaningful experiences for students around literature and other rich texts in the classroom. The institute is always shaped around core texts, but all institute activities can be applied to any grade level and text, preschool through adults.
This year’s teaching topics will include ways to help students be more self-reflective about their lives and their work. We’ll explore ways to add journals as art objects to the fabric of daily learning as well as to consider ways to make student’s learning and thinking visible using approaches developed at Harvard University’s Project Zero and in the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy.
All participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work with fellow participants in a roundtable session. It’s optional, but if you’d like, be prepared to present an informal presentation of 10 minutes on any aspect of your work. Bring an artifact (photo, example of student work) to share with the other institute participants. Teams are also welcome to share their work collaboratively.
We are still working on this year’s itinerary. For an overall feeling of the institute schedule and presenters download last year’s itinerary here.
Every year artists and educators from around the world join us and share their best work in Pre-Institute workshops. These will take place on July 28-29 and are included in the overall institute cost.
Each year Habla collaborates with Arnold Aprill and his organization Radical Compliance Arts and Learning Laboratory to find innovative ways to document the institute. Visit here and learn more about the experience at the 2016 Teacher Institute: First Voices.
2017 Institute Cost
• $975 USD for international participants.
• Includes events, workshops, and programs, and pre-institute workshops
• Does not include housing and transportation and other related travel expenses.
Confirmed Presenters for the 2017 Habla Teacher Institute
Group and family discounts are available for participants collectively enrolled in the Teacher Institute and/or any of Habla’s Spanish Immersion programs.
3-4 participants = 15% discount on all programs
5-6 participants = 20% discount on all programs
7+ participants = 25% discount on all programs
+ Patricia Sobral
Patricia Sobral was educated in Brazil and the United States and has lived all her life between and in the midst of several cultures. She holds a Ph.D. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University, where she is currently a faculty member. She is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. Patricia teaches a number of courses in Portuguese via the arts (intensive, intermediate, media, film, and performance), and two courses in English, a first-year seminar, Belonging and Displacement: Cross-Cultural Identities and Artful Teaching: Integrating the arts and foreign and second language acquisition. Patricia Sobral is the recipient of the 2012 Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning at Brown and the Undergraduate Student Council Award for Teaching and Advising. She is co-author of Ponto de Encontro, Viajando através do alfabeto, and the upcoming Mapeando o Português através das Artes (Nov 2013). She integrates the performing, visual, digital, and literary arts to enhance language acquisition, deepen cultural awareness, and demonstrate how the arts can promote change.
+ Cynthia Weiss
Cynthia Weiss is an award-winning public artist, painter, mosaic artist and educator. She is the Director of Education at Marwen, a free visual arts program for underserved youth in Chicago. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago. Cynthia is co-editor with Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein of; AIMprint: New Relationships in the Arts and Learning, Columbia College Chicago (2008), and co-editor with Gail Burnaford and Arnold Aprill of Renaissance in the Classroom: Arts Integration and Meaningful Learning (2001). Cynthia adores teaching at Habla, is fluent in Spanish, and is always inspired by translations across art forms, language, and culture.
+ Kurt Wootton
Kurt Wootton is a co-founder and director of Habla and one of the founding directors of the ArtsLiteracy Project in the Education Department at Brown University. He has piloted several lab schools in the United States, Brazil, and Mexico and worked with Boston, St. Paul, Providence, and Central Falls on multi-year, district-wide initiatives. Wootton is often called upon to give university lectures and keynote speeches including recent talks at Harvard University, the Arts Education Partnership, and the International Conference on Arts and Functional Illiteracy in Rio de Janeiro. He is the coauthor of A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts published by Harvard Education Press. The New York Times writes, "Mr. Wootton remains every bit as convinced of education's power to transform lives. He has changed his tool of choice, however, from a mirror in which students see only reflections of themselves to a window that opens onto the rest of the world."
+ María del Mar Pátron Vázquez
María del Mar Pátron Vázquez is a co-founder and director of Habla and a PhD candidate in the Hispanic Studies Department at Brown University. She specializes in the intersection of community and Latin American literature and the arts. She has lectured internationally and led teacher workshops on language, art, and culture in partnership with the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University and the ArtsLiteracy Project at Brown University.
+ Arnold Aprill
Arnold Aprill is the Founding and Creative Director of Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, comes from a background in professional theater as an award-winning director, producer and playwright. He has taught at the University of Chicago, National-Louis University, Columbia College, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is one of the co-editors with Cynthia Weiss and Gail Burnaford of Renaissance in the Classroom: Arts Integration and Meaningful Learning. He consults nationally and internationally on the role of the arts in effective school improvement. He has been recognized for exceptional leadership by the Chicago Community Trust and by the Leadership for a Changing World initiative supported by the Ford Foundation.
+ Nick Rabkin
Nick Rabkin is a Senior Research Scientist at Academic Research Centers, NORC, in the University of Chicago. His career in the arts began with work for Chicago’s Organic Theater Company, producing new works for the stage. He was the deputy commissioner of cultural affairs for Chicago under Mayors Harold Washington and Richard M. Daley. Rabkin was also the senior program officer for the arts and culture at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for a decade. He directed the Center for Arts Policy at Columbia College Chicago until 2008. His priority in all of those positions was advancing the arts in communities and education. He has written widely on arts education, including Putting the Arts in the Picture: Reframing Education in the 21st Century (2005), and a recent monograph on arts education and arts participation for the National Endowment for the Arts. Rabkin recently completed the first large scale study of teaching artists at NORC at the University of Chicago, and is a research affiliate of the Center for Cultural Policy at the University.
+ Darcy Rogers
Darcy Rogers is the Founder of Organic World Language (OWL), a revolutionary methodology for second language learning. Her work focuses on creating a space for second language to be naturally acquired. Students develop language through movement, play, 100% immersion and a strong emphasis on the importance of creating community in the classroom. She has 14 years teaching experience and for the past three years has been presenting at national conferences and working with schools to implement OWL internationally.
+ Darío Bernal Villegas
Darío Bernal Villegas is a drummer, composer and improviser, originally from Mexico City, trained in Mexico and London. Improvisation is an essential part of his job as a music creator, both in his openly improvised pieces and his compositions. He seeks to create an intense and creative interaction between musicians and the score, fostering the conditions for a fruitful dialogue between performer and composer. He is known for helping students create original, modern compositions using a variety of instruments and found objects.
+ Amy Wright
Amy Wright (Ph.D., Hispanic Studies, Brown University, 2006) has worked with Spanish and ESL students of all age groups, teaching migrant farm workers in her home state of North Carolina, adults in Rhode Island, early college students in NYC, and university students in small private and large public schools from the East Coast to Alaska. She is currently Assistant Professor of Latin American Literatures & Cultures at Saint Louis University, where she also serves as coordinator of Intermediate Spanish Writing. Her current courses and research examines community and otherness in Latin American contexts, as well as the use of "writing‐to‐learn" techniques to increase community, fluency and enjoyment in the foreign language classroom. Amy is the recipient of the 2015‐16 Innovative Teaching Award from the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching at St. Louis University for collaborative work with Habla on the use of the Performance Cycle in second‐language university contexts.
+ Eileen Landay
Eileen Landay was the Clinical Professor of English Education at Brown University, Director of Brown’s MAT Program in English Education and Brown Summer High School. During that time, she co‐founded and was faculty director of the ArtsLiteracy Project. Landay also teaches and consults regionally and nationally on adolescent literacy development, arts integration and English education. She holds an M.A. from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College and an Ed.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is the co‐author of A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts (Harvard Education Press, 2012).
+ Ana Paula Martínez
Ana Paula Martínez is a visual artist who lives in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, after having finished her undergraduate studies in plastic arts in UDLAP and graduate studies in visual anthropology in the University of Barcelona. During her stay in this Spanish city she worked as an assistant to Jangle Lynch, an American photographer, who deeply influenced Ana Paula’s artistic path. In addition to working with photography and video projects, she is a yoga and meditation teacher, and she forms part of the yoga project in the Cholula penitentiary. Ana Paula’s work as a yoga teacher is inspired by the training of various teachers, mainly that of Ann Moxey, the creator of Parinaama Yoga.