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Cullman Center Institute for Teachers: Gatsby's Inglorious World


SHAMUS KHAN, Instructor

Relevant for history as well as English teachers, this seminar will focus on the social world portrayed in The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald set his novel at the end of the Gilded Age, a time of staggering new wealth, staunchly-held prejudices, deep underlying inequalities, and a heady sense of promise. Will the bubble of the 1920s collapse? Will anything ultimately change?

The author of Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School, Shamus Khan teaches sociology at ColumbiaUniversity. He is working on a new book to be called Exceptional: Elite New York and the Story of American Inequality. 

This seminar is by application only and the deadline to apply has passed.

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  • Audience: Teachers, K-12 Educators