The critically acclaimed novel "Into the Beautiful North" by Luis Alberto Urrea takes us to Mexico and around the United States, addressing contemporary border issues such as undocumented migration and narco-trafficking through a fictional story adopting the general plotline of the Seven-Samurai. Although this novel deals with serious and troubling issues, it also features a great deal of entertaining and humorous diversion. As the Miami Herald newspaper says, "Into the Beautiful North" is "uplifting" and "keeps a smile on your face." Each Class will consist of a short lecture giving background information about, issues, places and scenes of the novel as well as discussion of the week's reading.
Teacher: Mr. Charles Laurier
Charles Laurier is an Adjunct Professor of Art History at Lakeland University Japan Campus. His research has focused on Japanese architecture, with a special interest in the modern and contem-porary periods. He has published articles on architecture in Tokyo and Osaka and presented his research at various international conferences. He is currently working on a web-based walking guide to important Tokyo architectural structures.