Julie Alice Huson received The Distinguished Award in Teaching Fulbright for the US-UK 2011-12 program. This grant is designed to enable educators to conduct research and teaching in a host country. Julie’s proposal, the name of which has changed only about seven times since December 2010, is now titled, “I Was Here First.” At least that’s the most interesting of many discarded and revised projects. “Us vs. Them, When do We become They” was a good one, but proper grammar usage of all those pronouns was scary.
In a nutshell, (and what kind of nut? Peanut – way too small..this needs a coconut shell at least..) the focus for research and teaching is completely motivated by a passion to design curriculum that will encourage children to think about the reasons humans migrate historically, in order to gain greater tolerance for recent immigration conflicts.
The United States, a nation founded entirely on the premise of claiming property, has a short but packed history of folks shoving out other folks. The English people played a leading role in this drama, so how can working with that history help children in the UK and in America see that people in both countries did some pushing out? As explained to the entitled students of one of the richest regions in the United States: the world is getting very crowded and there is only so much land and water to go around. How will our stewardship of all countries and use of these resources be negotiated as more and more people crowd into each other’s nations in order to find the optimum quality of life?
With observation, study, research, and any other verbs that sound pro-active, Julie Alice Huson will be living a bit of a dream come true from January -June, 2012. This is a nice long stretch of time to think and write about the compelling topic of what motivates ordinary as well as extraordinary people to leave the familiar and seek out new places to live; no matter how daunting the adjustment might prove. This ongoing blog will reflect the daily work on this topic, as Julie Alice does exactly that – leaves her lovely home and dear family and friends in Marin County, California, in order to gain a perspective of the migrator.