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The Quiet American

The Quiet American EC Focus on Bystanders and Involvement


Probably Picasso’s most famous work, Guernica is certainly the his most powerful political statement, painted as an immediate reaction to the Nazi’s devastating casual bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during Spanish Civil War.

Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians. This work has gained a monumental status, becoming a perpetual reminder of the tragedies of war, an anti-war symbol, and an embodiment of peace. On completion Guernica was displayed around the world in a brief tour, becoming famous and widely acclaimed. This tour helped bring the Spanish Civil War to the world’s attention.

Damien Parer

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Bibb Latane and John Darley-The Bystander Effect

At Columbia, Latané worked with John Darley to develop the theory of social impact, designed to explain the division of responsibility within large groups. The pair are best known for their research on the passive bystander effect. Working with Darley, Latané published The Unresponsive Bystander: Why Doesn’t he Help? in 1970. The book described bystander intervention—the behavior of an individual behavior when responding to emergency circumstances. Latané and Darley were awarded the Richard M. Elliot Memorial Award in 1968 and the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Behavioral Science Award in 1968. Latané received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology in 1997

Latané and Darley first began researching the bystander effect after the much-publicized murder of Kitty Genovese in New York City. Genovese’s murder was reportedly witnessed by 38 people who failed to intervene or call for help. The two researchers found that observers of violent acts and emergency situations are often passive, apathetic, and unhelpful, particularly when the other members of the group are strangers. Latané and Darley found that with many people present, bystanders may:

  • Fail to notice or recognize the emergency.
  • Fail to interpret the incident as something that warrants intervention. Bystanders may also refuse to help if they don’t empathize with the victim or view the victim as someone worthy of help.
  • Assume someone else will intervene or take responsibility. Bystanders are influenced by the reactions of those around them and are unlikely to take action if they do not see anyone else rushing to help.

If a bystander chooses to intervene, he or she can choose between direct intervention and detour intervention. Detour intervention is a form of intervention that occurs when a person seeks the help of another party. A child reporting a fight to a teacher and an adult calling the police are both engaged in detour intervention.

Latané has also conducted research into social influence, group behavior of human and animals, and social loafing. Social loafing, or employee shirking, is the tendency to work less hard when working in a large group.,AAAAQBxUNqE~,xKBGzTdiYSSRqIKPsPdkNW3W_DNtPBTa

 The Quiet American VATE Inside Stories 2002

The Quiet American The Age Roger Stitson

The Quiet American The Age article

The Quiet American- Structural Features-1

The Quiet American- Structural Features

The Quiet American- Relationship to Encountering Conflict

The Quiet American overview

TQA- Quotes from each section

The Quiet American- Key Idea 4- Romantic Rivalry

The Quiet American- Key Idea 3- Conflict with the Self

The Quiet American- Key Idea 2- Conflicting Ideologies

The Quiet American- Key Idea 1- War in Vietnam

The Quiet American- General questions on conflict

The Quiet American- Characters

The FBI and Pearl Harbor Graham Greene letter

Saving graces Graham Greene interview


Poweerpoint Encountering Conflict in TQA

Interview on Sunday School – Libby Gore and Jill Fitzsimons

In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying.Bertrand Russell British author, mathematician, & philosopher (1872 – 1970)

In our hearts there is a ruthless dictator, ready to contemplate the misery of a thousand strangers if it will ensure the happiness of the few we love.

GRAHAM GREENE, The Heart of the Matter

“the underlying struggle – between worlds of plenty and worlds of want; between the modern and the ancient; between those who embrace our teeming, colliding, irksome diversity, while still insisting on a set of values that binds us together, and those who would seek, under whatever flag or slogan or sacred text, a certainty and simplification that justifies cruelty toward those not like us…”
―    Barack Obama,    Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

It wasn’t a matter of conscious choice, necessarily, just a matter of gravitational pull, the way integration always worked, a one-way street. The minority assimilated into the dominant culture, not the other way around. Only white culture could be neutral and objective. Only white culture could be nonracial, willing to adopt the occasional exotic into its ranks.”  ―    Barack Obama,    Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

“The worst thing that colonialism did was to cloud our view of our past.”
―    Barack Obama,    Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance


Paradise Road Study Notes

Encountering Conflict Expository structure Feature Article April 23

Encountering Conflict main ideas to work from

Finding the Japanese boy who had saved his grandfather during World War II


Long March to an Apology

Last Words of the Tiger of Malaya


Paradise Road Characters




Paradise Road Characters

Encountering Conflict – Study Notes

Roles in conflict

Responding To The Context

Paradise Road Study Notes

Ways We Encounter Conflict

Article on context

Article two on context

Article three on context

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