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We Are Called to Rise: Themes and Relevant Areas of Study

Institutional Learning Outcomes

  • Artistic Expression
  • Individual Development

Moral Injury

In a situation where you have to make decisions that go against your belief system: Out of survival, a coping mechanism, or obeying orders from a CO.

  • Avis: Missed opportunities with her children, specifically her son Nate.
  • Nate and Luis: Acts of war.
  • Psychology, Ethics, Philosophy.

Domestic Violence

  • Nate abusing his wife. Avis abused by mother/mothers’ boyfriend(s). Bashkim’s father abusing Bashkim’s mother.
  • Women’s Studies, Criminal Justice, Marriage and Family, other Sociology.

Being an Immigrant—political asylum

  • Bashkim and his family.
  • Political Science, Cultural classes and possibly Western Civilization, History of Iowa.

Use of Deadly Force

  • Nate / Bashkim’s family
  • Criminal Justice

PTSD

  • Nate and Luis
  • Psychology

Family Unit/Adoption

  • Avis and her family. Bashkim and his family. Luis and his family. Social Worker.
  • Sociology and Education.

Resilience

  • Avis and Nate.
  • Psychology, Sociology, and World Cultures (resilience of immigrants).

Natural Resources

  • Lack of water in Las Vegas. Statistics on Vegas’ natural resources.
  • Las Vegas is a mirage in the desert.
  • Geography, History, Earth and Physical Sciences, Math.

Place as Character

  • Las Vegas becomes a character in the book.
  • Creative Writing, Literature, Visual Art, Photography, Digital Mass Media, Oral Communication.

Multiple Narratives

  • Book written from four characters’ points of view.
  • Creative Writing, Literature, Visual Art, Photography, Digital Mass Media, Oral Communication.

Storytelling

  • Creative Writing, Literature, Visual Art, Photography, Digital Mass Media, Oral Communication.

Importance of Class Assignments

  • Assignment given in Bashkim’s class sets much of the story in motion.
  • Education.

Small Business

  • Bashkim’s father’s ice-cream truck business. Is passion enough? Obstacles for an immigrant small-business owner?
  • Business.

IED Hit Probability

  • Luis speaks of how lucky they were to go out all those times and not get hit by an IED.
  • Mathematics.

Themes

  • Design a Public Awareness poster on one of the themes from the book.
  • Graphic Communications.

Hawkeye Reads Program

Arts and Culture Coordinator

Jennifer Bates
Black Hawk Hall 156
319-296-2329 ext.1211
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Reference Librarian

Sarah Quin
Library 122A
319-296-2329 ext.1229
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Associate Professor

Robin Sprague
Grundy Hall 250
319-296-2329 ext.1703
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