Great World Texts is a collaboration between Gallatin Writing Program faculty, Gallatin undergraduates, and New York City public high school teachers and students. Each year, students study a canonical work or contemporary classic.
In a tutorial, Gallatin undergraduates discuss the text, learn about social and pedagogical issues, and become mentors in the high schools. During the semester, mentors facilitate the study of the text using multimedia classroom resources created by the faculty adviser. The semester culminates in a public performance at which the high school students share writing projects inspired by the book.
In the fall of 2013, GWT became a global program when it expanded to NYU Buenos Aires. Students interested in becoming a GWT mentor in Buenos Aires must first apply to the NYU Buenos Aires program through the NYU Global Programs site. Students who are admitted should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a brief interview with Gallatin’s Office of Global Programs. At NYU Buenos Aires, Anna Kazumi Stahl is the site and program director. The partner school is Lenguitas High School.
At NYU Washington Square, the faculty adviser is Professor Rosanne Kennedy, and the partner NYC public schools are Bronx Academy of Letters, Brooklyn Preparatory High School, and The Facing History School.
The 2017 text for both sites is Sophocles's Antigone, as translated by Seamus Heaney.
In March 2017, Edwidge Danticat read from her novel The Dew Breaker and answered questions from undergraduate mentors and NYC high school students who participated in Great World Texts 9.
In April 2014, Maxine Hong Kingston read from The Woman Warrior and engaged in a lively Q&A with undergraduate mentors and NYC high school students who participated in Great World Texts 6.