Teacher Institute: Essential Themes in Latin American History for Teaching World History (July 6-8, 2015)

Culebra Cut, Panama Canal (1907)CLACS Summer Teacher Institute
Essential Themes in Latin American History for Teaching World History
July 6-8, 2015

This summer institute introduces high school educators to important content about Latin America’s significance in world history. The program explores innovative sources and approaches that scholars are using to engage students in learning about the region and its integration into a larger world system. The institute will largely focus on three eras: Latin America before the Europeans, Latin America’s integration into the world economy and the struggle for democracy and human rights.

Cost: $75 in-service teachers / $25 Education students (includes continental breakfasts, lunches, and materials)

Dorm housing is available for $55/night.

1-3 graduate credits (History) available for additional cost through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (will require subsequent online discussion and curriculum development work). To request full informational and registration packets please contact the Credit Outreach office at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, contined@uww.edu or 800-621-5376.

Application deadline: May 30, 2015

Announcement and application available at http://www4.uwm.edu/clacs/workshops/2015/summer_2015_for_teachers.cfm.

For more information, contact Julie Kline at jkline@uwm.edu or 414-229-5986.

A collaboration between UW-Whitewater, UW-Madison Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies (LACIS) and the UW-Milwaukee Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). CLACS and LACIS are a consortial Title VI National Resource Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.


Global Action Through Engagement (July 15-18, 2015)

Global Action Through Engagement (GATE) is an interactive global leadership program for high school students at UW-Milwaukee (UWM) on July 15-18, 2015. GATE participants will be introduced to global issues through interactive simulations, small group activities, and thought-provoking discussions with their peers, university students, and expert speakers. This year, students will focus on the global theme of Youth Movements and the role of young people in transforming neighborhoods, communities and society through local, regional, and global contexts.

It’s a great opportunity for students to deepen global engagement and understanding and build their college and career portfolios as they become active and globally conscious citizens in our communities. We hope you will share this opportunity and the attached flyer with your students and encourage them to register today!

More information and a registration application are available at www.gate.uwm.edu.

* Please note – a limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

If you have any questions about GATE, please contact:

Dina Wolf
K-16 Outreach Coordinator
Institute of World Affairs, Center for International Education
University of WI-Milwaukee
Garland 129, P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201


Workshop for World Language Teachers (April 17, 2015 in Milwaukee)

“Tools and Strategies on How to Implement the Smart Technology in a Foreign Language Classroom”

This is a free workshop for language instructors being organized by UW-Milwaukee’s Language Resource Center on Friday, April 17th from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

A flyer with additional details is @ http://www4.uwm.edu/lrc/workshop_17apr2015/WORKSHOP2.png.

Register online at http://goo.gl/VAxz3D.


New Perspectives on the Ancient Indus Civilization (teachers workshop)

logo-priestcollegeUW-Madison Center for South Asia
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, rweiss@southasia.wisc.edu (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 (ahpalmer@wisc.edu) or Meredith Lowe (mclowe@wisc.edu).


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 @ http://www.geeo.org/tours/BelizeTikal/
And feel free to contact Sarah Ripp, LACIS’ Outreach Coordinator, with any questions: 608-444-3725 or skripp@wisc.edu.


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 (wolfd@uwm.edu).

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


Japan Outreach to Wisconsin Schools

My name is Hiromi Naka. I’m a Japan Outreach Coordinator with the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working to introduce Japanese culture, society and language throughout Wisconsin.

I am here participating in the Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) Program, which is funded by an affiliated organization of the Japanese government, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), so the basic costs of my activities are funded. This is the last year for me to work in Wisconsin, and I would like to do as many school visit-outreach as possible by the end of this academic year.

The main goal of my work is to promote mutual understanding across cultures through activities.

Please look at the attached brochure. There you can see some examples of my outreach (activities & presentations) which I did last year for K-12 children!

Please contact me if you are interested in having me coming to your school. I’m looking forward to working with your students

Hiromi Naka
Japan Outreach Coordinator
Center for East Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
333 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, Wisconsin
Tel: 608-467-0243


World War I and its Legacies workshop

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, the Center for European Studies and the Center for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia will be hosting this week-long teacher workshop for Wisconsin K-12 teachers. The workshop will be held at the Concourse Hotel in Madison, WI from June 16-20, 2014. Registration is now open; visit the workshop webpage for complete details.