Presentation on theme: "From Guadalcanal to Baqubah New Methods and Tools for Teaching the War in Iraq."— Presentation transcript:
From Guadalcanal to Baqubah New Methods and Tools for Teaching the War in Iraq
Teaching Iraq: Lessons from WWII Film is widely used to accentuate lessons on WWII Many films and memoirs of the conflict were made and released during or a short time after the conflict o Guadalcanal Diary Memoir by Richard Tregaskis, embedded with Marines at the "tip of the spear" in the Pacific Interesting corollary to coverage of Iraq war Can be used in compare and contrast lessons o The Thin Red Line James Jones Novel and Terrence Malik film Can show how portrayals of war change with time Great case for re-evaluating the experience of combat
Iraq Yesterday Problems in 20th Century Iraqi History o Historiography of 20th Century Iraq is rich with the exception of the Saddam Era o History from 1960-present is heavily reliant on foreign records, and oral history/interviews/personal memoirs Sources do allow a more diverse portrait of Iraq before Baathi's o Baghdad Yesterday: The Making of an Arab Jew Sasson Somekh's memoir can be introduced at earlier grade levels or in High School o Forget Baghdad Poignant documentary about Jews who left Baghdad in the airlift (1951)
Evaluating the Iraq War in Film Generation Kill (2008 HBO Miniseries) o David Simon, Ed Burns -- Creators of "The Wire" o Follows the experiences of Rolling Stone reporter Evan Wright, embedded in Bravo Company, First Reconnaissance Battalion US Marines o Excellent opportunity to demonstrate the combat experience in Iraq o Chance to discuss the unique perspective of the embedded journalist
The Hurt Locker: The Occupation in Film Kathryn Bigelow (dir.) 2010 'Best Picture' Winner at Oscars Most Successful Iraq war film to date Depicts post-invasion military experience through the eyes of a bomb-defusing squad Skewered by some military experts for inaccurate details, fanciful plotline Powerfully depicts the psychological complexes of modern war
Iraq in Fragments (2006) James Longley (dir) Best Documentary Oscar nominee (2007) Follows an orphaned 11 year old Sunni boy, two followers of Shi'i cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and a group of Kurdish farmers Excellent way to introduce post-War Iraq into the classroom.