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This four-week course is based on reading Benjamin Alire Sáenz's Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Opportunities for PDUs OR academic credit in this "choose your own book study adventure": meet virtually for informal discussion and/or reflect more deeply and develop plans for implementing new ideas and strategies for additional PDUs. OEA will provide copies of the book to participants. Participants receiving a book from OEA must commit to participating in at least 50% of the discussions and/or assignments.

About the book: "Dante can swim. Ari can't. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari's features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself. But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side." - Goodreads

Level: Foundational/Intermediate/Advanced
Dates and Times:
July 6-July 27. Weekly live sessions (4) on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Members $0, free as a benefit of membership; non-members $200. Optional one (1) undergraduate OR graduate credit is available for $50. All work for academic credit must be turned in by Monday, August 7.

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