Our Readings are 5-7 paged documents that provide information in a linear, historically relevant, and modernly contextual manner. The Readings cover a series of topics related to terrorism, radicalization, and online safety. The primary objective of these documents is to ensure educators are equipped with factual, relevant, and tailored information about these specific topics so they may implement and guide productive in class conversations. Some Readings have been designed to be implemented in compliment with a specific Table Talk (conversation starter) and others have been created in autonomy. Educators who are piloting our Readings often print them out for students to be read in class before discussion.
Below is the first round, more coming soon!
There has always been an enemy throughout all of American history. Since the end of World War II, the United States has faced some of its most unique enemies, communism and terror. One not so much like the other, this reading dives into the change of Americans’ concept of an enemy. While both enemies are very different, dehumanization, propaganda, and an "us vs. them" narrative all prove to be used in both conflicts.
A disjointed movement, this Reading takes an intimate look at the ideologies of right-wing extremism and those who align with it. Broken down by each individual belief, and grounded in history, the reality of the size and influence of the movement today might be surprising to many.
Stemming from the Marxist ideology, this Reading places the extreme left ideas into a historical perspective. The roots of the extreme left and anti-fascists are all explained, along with some of the implications this movement has for today’s society.
For many, jihad remains to be a concept that is not understood. The meaning, and the use of the term for many are not aligned with violence, however this is not the case for all. This reading takes a look into the theological justification of Islamic terrorism.
In this Reading, we go past the typical online safety concepts and ask, what makes someone behave differently online? Why do people choose do behave differently online, and is it always a choice?