On April 10, Windward's History and English departments came together to present our 10th Grade class with a collaborative learning exercise. Looking to give English students some cultural insight before they begin "Things Fall Apart", a novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, History Teacher Regan Buck Bardeen gave an introductory lecture from her perspective as an expert on Nigerian history. Her discussion went over the cultural landscape of the era, the challenges the book faced in getting printed, and the impact the book had upon its release.
Said Emily Miner, English Department Chair, on the collaboration: “The 10H English team feels so lucky to be able to leverage Regan's expertise on Nigeria as we begin to read Things Fall Apart. It's important to us that students have a sense of where Achebe's novel falls in the historical and literary timeline of this country. We hope students will understand that we choose to study Achebe's work because of its complexity and importance, but also that there are many factors that influenced its position in the canon — and that there are many, many more Nigerian (and, of course, African!) novels they might want to explore as well. Students and teachers alike left Regan's presentation with new insight that is already shaping our study of this text.”