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Day of the Dead 2011

Dia de los Muerto Across the Curriculum

On Saturday,  EduPunxers took students from online religious studies classes and creative writing classes into a  Dia de los Muertos presentation build on Front Range sim in Second Life.

The Dia de los Muertos area was designed by community college students as part of a research project in Cherry Emerson’s Chicano Studies course. The visiting students were able to participate in a discussion of the difference and similarities between Dia de los Muertos, the Japanese day of the dead and the Celtic celebration which inform our current day Halloween.

Students then had the opportunity to visit the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum. http://latino.si.edu/education/LVMDayoftheDeadFestival.htm The Director of the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum and the designer of the exhibit were on hand to talk with the students about the research that takes place to ensure cultural accuracy in their exhibits and cultural celebrations.

Yes this was a NPIRL ( Not Possible in Real Life) for our online students!

And it’s not too late for you to take your students! From October 31- November 2nd this area is still open in Second Life. Go to  to http://latino.si.edu/education/LVMDayoftheDeadFestival.htmread more and see their schedule which includes music – live concert, poetry reading, make your own altar – in the public sandbox, meso-ball game, opening procession, costume contest and more!

 

 

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