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Bread and Circuses 2: Catching Fire, Oppression, and Resistance (Section 2)

  • 07 Jun 2021
  • 26 Jul 2021
  • 15 sessions
  • 07 Jun 2021, 2:00 PM 3:15 PM (EDT)
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Bread and Circuses 2: Catching Fire, Oppression, and Resistance 

Section 2: Mondays and Thursdays 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Eastern; starts June 7 for 8 weeks (15 sessions)

Suzanne Collins Hunger Games series explores oppression and the inevitable resistance that rises out of such oppression..  The parallels to historical examples, particularly the Roman Empire, and much of the modern world, abound. In this course we’ll explore those parallels, working towards understanding effective resistance, and examining some of the problems that arise in revolution.  

In Catching Fire, we move from a deep understanding of the oppression in the world of Hunger Games and begin to consider both how oppression gives rise to resistance and methods oppressors use to quash resistance.  We will explore how oppressed people can resist successfully against those with significantly more power.  And we will again incorporate an examination of science, economy, psychology, sociology, technology, and architecture (particularly that of the arena) through the lens of Catching Fire.  

In Catching Fire we will draw comparisons throughout the book to four (or so) major historical and current examples of resistance.  These are Myanmar, Palestine, the Chinese Social Revolution, and (expansively) resistance within and against the U.S. throughout its history (including current).


Reading schedule (to be developed into a more full syllabus):

Day 1:  Chapters 1 & 2

Day 2:  Chapters 3 & 4

Day 3:  Chapters 5 & 6

Day 4:  Chapters 7, 8, & 9

Day 5: Chapters 10 & 11

Day 6: Chapters 12 & 13

Day 7: Chapters 14 & 15

Day 8: Chapters 16 & 17

Day 9: Chapters 18 & 19

Day 10: Chapters 20 & 21

Day 11: Chapters 22 & 23

Day 12: Chapters 24 & 25

Day 13: Chapters 26 & 27 (finish)

Day 14: Book vs. movie – watch party.  Conclusions about resistance.

Day 15: Review, student work, final thoughts.



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