While most university educators would agree with Anthony Gidden that there’s been an “intensification of worldwide social relations which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa” (1990, 64), this is not always as apparent to our students. At the University of Montana Western—a small academic institution with a meager population of seven international students (.4%) and only online language courses—students are even more unaware of the global community than most. In this article, I relate my experience teaching students from a bucolic background about the Russian-American writer Vladimir Nabokov with the multicultural insights he has to offer. I explore the approaches and practices that I used to try to bridge the gaps of students’ knowledge, some of the surprising outcomes, and my own learning process in how to bring global issues to the local classroom.
|Keywords:||Global Education, Vladimir Nabokov|
Associate Professor, English, University of Montana Western, Dillon, USA
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