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.
Through a special tutorial, Gallatin undergraduates discuss the text, learn about social and pedagogical issues, and become mentors in the high schools. Over the course of the semester, mentors facilitate the study of the text using complementary 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 Fall 2013, GWT became a global program, partnering not only with three NYC high schools but expanding to NYU Buenos Aires. There, Program Director Anna Kazumi Stahl serves as the faculty adviser to NYU students acting as mentors at Lenguitas High School.
The 2015 text is The Thief and the Dogs by Nobel-Prize-winning-author Naguib Mahfouz. The faculty adviser is Professor Chinnie Ding,, and the partner NYC public schools are Marta Valle High School, The Facing History School, and Bronx Academy of Letters.
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.