Everyone knows the saying, 'If you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.' What if the 'man' being taught is a woman? What if the 'fishing' being learned is a form of literacy (whether alphabetic literacy, health literacy, or economic literacy)? What forms of literacy should be learned? Who should make the choice? How do rising literacy rates affect gender roles, religious traditions, health expectations, and resource usage? Students in this course engage in discussions of varied reading materials including a novel, policy documents, theory about the effects and nature of literacy, and ethnographic studies of men and women engaged in literacy learning around the world. Students write and revise extensively in this course, developing the ability to define and pursue research questions of interest to them and of relevance to larger academic conversations.