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Dangerous Ideas Literature Workshop

On the afternoon of Wednesday 1 April, a group of Ruyton students voluntarily gathered to challenge and extend themselves as readers by attending The Dangerous Ideas workshop.   This workshop was run by the Library and English Department and was facilitated by Bec Kavanagh a reviewer, freelance writer and Young Adult (YA) fiction specialist. During the afternoon students explored and discussed the ways in which literature reflects and challenges our ideas about societal structures, gender and race. They recognised that as members of the Ruyton community that they are truly fortunate to have access to rich and deep literature collections, but beyond that they acknowledged that this privilege requires them to take ownership of their reading and engage with literature that may move their thinking in unexpected directions. During the workshop reference was made to the following TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talk by novelist Chimamanda Adichie, as a Nigerian born author she warns of the critical misunderstandings that can arise from reliance on the “single story”. The danger of the single story Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_da...

Dangerous Ideas Workshop notes
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