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Institute for Writing and Thinking Presents

Friday, March 10, 2017
IWT Curriculum Conversation: Lord of the Flies
Campus Center, Multipurpose Room
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
An Allegorical Tale of Democracy and Survival
William Golding’s tale of schoolboys cast away on a Pacific island after a nuclear attack has inspired dystopias as disparate as The Hunger GamesThe Maze RunnerEnder’s Game, and Lost. Since the 1954 publication of The Lord of the Flies, this provocative story of children illustrates how quickly civility can revert to bloodthirsty savagery. The Lord of the Flies outlines the cruelties even “innocent” children will inflict when fear reigns. As one boy says: “Which is better—to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill?” Such questions have spawned an industry of young-adult morality tales where child soldiers, child assassins, and child saviors battle it out for the survival of democracy—and of kindness, mercy, and love.

Why are such dark stories popular with young adults? How do they reflect the current views on politics, the economy, and the environment? What does The Lord of the Flies teach us about the roles young people can play in combating chaos, tyranny, and paranoia? This Curriculum Conversation will address these questions as we explore and grapple with a text that has engaged readers for generations.
Registration Fee: $350, includes morning coffee, lunch, and anthology of related texts

Register by February 10, 2017 to receive the Early Bird Discount: $50 off registration fees

Groups of three or more teachers from a single institution receive an additional 10% discount off total workshop fees.

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Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Location: Campus Center, Multipurpose Room