New Perspectives on the Ancient Indus Civilization (teachers workshop)

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Teachers Workshop: “New Perspectives on the Ancient Indus Civilization”
Saturday, March 21, 2015 │ 9 am – 5 pm
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison WI

The Center for South Asia at UW-Madison invites middle and high school teachers to participate in a one-day workshop that will introduce new perspectives on the Indus Civilization, the first civilization in India and Pakistan. The Indus Civilization (2600-1900 BC) ranks with Egypt, Mesopotamia, and China as one of the earliest state-level societies in the world. However, it has many features that make it unique and thus an especially interesting topic for high school history courses. Particularly striking are its lack of evidence for militarism, monumental temple and palace architecture, and royal burials rich in exotic grave goods. While these unique features have been known to archaeologists for quite some time, new evidence of Indus contacts across the Arabian Sea points to even greater social and economic complexity than previously imagined. This workshop will provide a detailed overview of many key issues in the study of the Indus Civilization today, including:

  • The origins of the Indus Civilization
  • Diversity in the social and ethnic composition of Indus cities and towns
  • Regional diversity in material culture and ways of life
  • Factors leading to the end of the Indus Civilization
  • The current status of the “Aryan Invasion Theory” and the concept of “aryan”
  • New archaeological evidence for links between the Indus and communities in the Arabian Peninsula and beyond
  • New information about trade and migration gained from the cutting-edge scientific techniques of archaeological chemistry
  • The role of ethnographic studies in understanding ancient civilizations

The workshop leaders, Katie Lindstrom, Randall Law, Gregg Jamison and Brett Hoffman, are alumni of the UW-Madison Department of Anthropology and specialists in the archaeology of the Indus Civilization, and South Asia more broadly. They are trained by UW Madison Professor Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, one of the world’s foremost experts on the Indus.

This workshop will provide background information and teaching materials that school teachers can use to develop their own lesson plans. Articles and teaching materials will be made available including “The Silent Walls of the Indus” documentary film, and Dr. Mark Kenoyer’s high school-level text book, “The Ancient South Asian World” (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Registration: $50 will be required to register for this course – this will cover breaks and lunch, as well as a reader and DVD. Deadline to register will be Tuesday, March 17th. Register online now!

UW credit: 1-graduate credit is pending for this course. Very likely students interested in the credit option will be required to pay the UW segregated fees ($94-115) and required to attend a follow-up meeting on Saturday, April 11th, from 10 am – 1 pm to demonstrate lesson plans on the workshop topic.

For more information please contact Rachel Weiss, (or visit the workshop website).


Exploring South Asia through Children’s and YA Literature

This online course is offered through UW-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies, but is open to all!

Exploring South Asia through Children’s and YA Literature
February 23 – March 20
Program #3088
1.4 CEUs/14 LEUs
You will receive an email with login instructions a few days before the class begins.

This course examines recently published books that reflect stories, characters, and cultures from South Asia for grades pre K through high school. Due to the growing number of books published on this unique region; and the growing number of patrons in our libraries and schools seeking materials that reflect their heritage, this course will offer tools to plan specialized programing and collection development to fulfill this need. We will be highlighting the South Asia Book Award books and highly commended titles published since 2011.


  • Geography & History: locating Afghanistan, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the region of Tibet
  • Culture & Society: exploring arts, religion, and social structures
  • Collection Development: finding new resources through South Asia Book Awards, and beyond
  • Programming: reaching new audiences, sharing best practices

Expectations: You are expected to actively participate in the weekly online discussion. While this course is pass/fail, you are required to complete two short projects. The projects are meant to encourage you to take this course and directly put it to use in your library! Examples are: a book review, program description, book talk slide or book discussion questions.

Instructors: Svetha Hetzler is Head of Children’s Services at Middleton (WI) Public Library. Svetha has been a children’s librarian for 19 years in New York, Connecticut, Florida, and Wisconsin. She served as the chair of the South Asia Book Award (SABA) committee (2012-2014). Svetha immigrated with her family to the United States from India in the late 60’s. Exploring South Asia through literature has been very meaningful and has brought together her personal and professional reading interests. Rachel Weiss is the Assistant Director of the Center for South Asia, UW-Madison. Rachel received an M.A. in South Asian Studies and after graduate school, she studied Tamil Language in Madurai, Tamilnadu. Rachel remained in Madurai for two additional years, serving as the “Monitor” for the College-Year-in-India, Madurai Program and has since traveled with many educational groups to India. In 2011, she established the South Asia Book Award, sponsored the South Asia National Outreach Consortium.

To register:

Questions? Contact Anna Palmer ( or Meredith Lowe (


The Culture of Wisconsin’s Mexican Immigrants (course)

This course is offered through UW-Parkside and meets in Madison. Please contact the instructor – Marti Sopher <> – with any questions. This course is not sponsored by WIOC.

Course name: The Culture of Wisconsin’s Mexican Immigrants

Description: This course provides an appreciation of the Mexican culture by offering a personal experience through the use of the five senses, cultural competency activities and field trips to experience a Mexican tienda and restaurant. Through exposure to meaningful words in the Mexican Spanish language, informative stories, videos, historical highlights, and active discussions, an awareness of how the Mexican culture and history have influenced the Mexican mestizo of today will follow. And in the process, learners will collaborate to increase their own awareness and appreciation of culture, history, lifestyle, diversity and how they — and others — think, communicate and behave within a multicultural context. Resources and practical information will be shared. The end result — interacting with Mexican immigrants or providing services to Mexican immigrant families — will be more effective and rewarding. Meets on the west side of Madison. CHOOSE ONE: 3 grad credits ($840) OR 3 undergrad credits ($525) OR audit/no credits ($234) OR training only ($159). Plus a materials fee. Meets Friday nights, 4:45pm-10pm: Jan 16, 30, Feb 13, 27, Mar 13, Apr 10, 24.


Pictures from World Appreciation Day (2014)

Photos from  World Appreciation Day (2014) are on the UW-Madison’s Division of International Studies Flickr site.

Participating schools & units have permission to download any and all of these photos (including their Bucky photos!) for use by the school/unit. Please include a photo credit:

Photos by Kerry G. Hill/UW-Madison Division of International Studies

Photos by Kerry G. Hill/UW-Madison Division of International Studies

Photo by Kerry G. Hill/UW-Madison Division of International Studies


Travel to Belize & Tikal (Guatemala) in July 2015

tikalThe Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico, and The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago are excited to announce a summer 2015 educator travel opportunity to Belize and Tikal (Guatemala)! We are working with GEEO which is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and assisting as many teachers as possible to travel abroad and then share their experiences with their students upon their return to the classroom.

Follow in the footsteps of Mayan warriors to lost cities cloaked in jungle mists. This adventure offers an intriguing mix of ruins, beaches, wildlife and the rich cultures of Belize and Guatemala. It’s a perfect blend of activity and relaxation—spend three days canoeing deep in the jungle and snorkeling the crystal-clear turquoise-blue waters before easing into the laid-back Belizean lifestyle while relaxing on the beach.

In addition to the local guides arranged by GEEO, you will be accompanied by an academic representative from one of these institutions who will help you process the experience for your classroom. Participants can earn 3 graduate credits while traveling with GEEO.

This trip is open to:

  • K-12 teachers
  • Pre-service teachers
  • Post-secondary educators including community college instructors

Dates: July 12th to July 26th, 2015

Cost: $1804.00 per person

What’s Included in the Cost?

  • Tikal guided tour; jungle canoe trip (3-day, fully guided); Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Belize Barrier Reef snorkeling trip (full-day); Caye Caulker stay; all transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Adventures tour leader throughout, local guides
  • Public bus, private van, canoe, water taxi
  • Hotels (13 nts), basic lodging (2 nts, multi-share)
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners (allow USD 300-400 for meals not included)

What’s Not Included in the Cost?

  • International airfare
  • Insurance
  • Incidental expenses
  • Applicable visas
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Beverages
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Optional tours/admissions
  • Airport taxis

Learn more @
And feel free to contact Sarah Ripp, LACIS’ Outreach Coordinator, with any questions: 608-444-3725 or


Teachers for Global Classrooms: 2015-16 application now live

The 2015-16 application for the Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) is now live! The deadline for submission is March 18, 2015.

TGC is a year-long professional development opportunity for U.S. elementary, middle and high school teachers to become leaders in global education.  For more information please visit


Goethe-Institut Scholarship

In addition to the scholarships for Spanish teachers, CSCTFL will also offer a scholarship to German teachers in our region thanks to the Goethe-Institut.

Goethe-Institut Scholarship

This scholarship, available to teachers of German in levels K-16, provides a one- or two-week professional development course at one of the 12 Goethe-Institutes in Germany in 2015; full information about available courses and dates can be found here: The value of the scholarship is €1600 and it includes tuition; course materials; housing (varies depending on course location); breakfast every day and one main meal on Monday-Friday; cultural program; public transportation at seminar location; medical, accident and liability insurance for the duration of the seminar; coverage for transport home in case of illness. Not included: transportation to Germany and additional meals. Applicants must be members of AATG.

After completing this experience, the recipient is required to share information and materials obtained from the experience with CSCTFL, either as a session at the 2016 conference or an online presentation or video posted on the CSCTFL website. Preference for this award will be given to non-native speakers of German.

Eligibility for all CSCTFL scholarships:

Scholarship applicants must…

  • Teach in the CSCTFL region (AR, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, WI).
  • Be a practicing teacher with a teaching load of at least 50% in the foreign language department.
  • Attend the 2015 CSCTFL in Minneapolis, March 12-14 and accept the scholarship at the Awards presentation.
  • Present a 60-minute session highlighting the scholarship experience (sharing information and materials) at the 2016 Central States Conference OR create an online presentation or video about the experience to post on the CSCTFL website.

Other selection criteria include:

  • Professional commitment and significant involvement in the teaching of a foreign language (conference/workshop participation, curriculum development) listed in a current professional resume or curriculum vitae (Note: participation in the Central States organization and/or attendance at past conferences will be advantageous and should be noted).
  • Evidence of how the experience will enhance his/her teaching explained in a written statement of not more than 200 words.
  • Evidence of institutional support in the form of a letter of endorsement from an administrator or department chairperson.

For more information, contact:

Mary Goodwin, Chair
CSCTFL Awards Committee


2015 Summer Scholarships for High School and College French Students

The American Society of the French Academic Palms (ASFAP) will bestow two scholarships ($4,000 each) to be used by high school and college students for a four-week minimum study program in a French-speaking country of their choice during summer 2015. Download the application at  Deadline to receive completed applications is January 20, 2015.  Contact: Professor John C. O’Neal (; cc: Mme Jacqueline Friedman (


Wisconsin Global Youth Summit (February 28, 2015)

Please register now for the Wisconsin Global Youth Summit on February 28, 2015. This will be an exciting day for everyone. Find information about this summit, including downloadable registration forms at!wgys-2015/c1pn0.

View information, including a video, about past summits at!global-youth-summit-2013/clb2, or simply go to to browse all information on global education in Wisconsin schools.



Workshop: Human Trafficking and Children’s Rights (December 2, 2014)

Human Trafficking and Children’s Rights
A FREE Workshop for Middle School Students

This interactive workshop will increase student awareness of children’s rights and the impacts of exploitation and trafficking on youth around the world. Students will also have the opportunity to explore ways to combat human trafficking in our local and global communities.

Date/Time: December 2, 2014 (9:30-1:00 pm)
Location: UW-Milwaukee Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Boulevard, Milwaukee, WI

Registration Form (please email the following information):

Name of Teacher:
Preferred e-mail address:
School Name:
School Address:
Number of attendees: Teachers and chaperones (____) Students (____)
Space is limited – each school is limited to 30 students

Priority Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Note: A limited number of grants are available to teachers to support travel to and from the workshop (maximum of $100).

If you would like to be considered for a travel grant please fill out the supplemental information below:

Estimated Travel Costs:
Departure City:
Funding amount requested based on travel costs:
Please explain what you hope your students will gain from attending this workshop:

In addition to participating in the workshop, educators will receive a copy of the documentary film Not My Life, a film highlighting stories of human trafficking around the world.

To register or for more information, please email Dina Wolf (

This workshop is being supported through a grant from the World Affairs Councils of America and the Carlson and Carlson Family Foundation.