Jonathan Rodríguez reflects on his name through poetry. How does his name “place him in the world”? How is it a mask, shield, or container?
For National Poetry Month, introduce students to spoken word poetry and explore its power to give voice to issues that impact our communities.
In the documentary Reporter, we follow New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof as he works to get his readers to “care about what happens on the other side of the hill.” We see how he uses social science research and the tools of journalism to try to expand his readers’ universe of responsibility—the people whom they feel obligated to care for and protect. We watch him struggle with dilemmas: How can he inform people about the larger context of genocide and other humanitarian disasters without numbing his readers’ sense of compassion? As a print journalist, how can he adapt to the changing landscape of web-based media? What is the relationship between journalism and advocacy?