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“Colonial Famine and Historical Memory: Perspectives on the Great Hunger (An Gorta Mór) and the Holodomor,” K-16 Teacher Workshop

February 4 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

A professional development workshop for Wisconsin K-16 educators, organized by the Center for European Studies and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This 1-day teacher training workshop, designed for Wisconsin middle and high-school teachers, will address the subject of colonial famine and memory, focusing on the two examples of the Great Hunger (An Gorta Mór) in Ireland (1845) and the Holodomor (1932) in Ukraine. Participants will learn about the history of each event, and their lasting impact on life, culture, and politics in the respective regions today. Workshop attendees will receive a reader, visual media resources, and a certificate of completion with contact hours. The workshop will incorporate synthesizing activities, which can be used in the classroom, and will address the following WI Standards for Social Studies:

  • Standard SS.Econ4: Wisconsin students will evaluate government decisions and their impact on individuals, businesses, markets, and resources (Role of Government).
  • Standard SS.Geog3: Wisconsin students will examine the impacts of global interconnections and relationships.
  • Standard SS.Hist1: Wisconsin students will use historical evidence for determining cause and effect.
  • Standard SS.Hist3: Wisconsin students will connect past events, people, and ideas to the present; use different perspectives to draw conclusions; and suggest current implications.

This workshop will also address Wisconsin Act 30: Teaching the Holocaust and Other Genocides in Social Studies, as well as the 2003 Wisconsin Act 305: designating a school observance day March 17, for “The Great Hunger” in Ireland from 1845 to 1850.


Mary Trotter is an Associate Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies at UW-Madison. Trained as a theatre historian, she is the author of two books about Irish theatre: Ireland’s National Theaters: Political Performance and the Origins of the Irish Dramatic Movement (Syracuse 2001), and Modern Irish Theatre (Polity 2008). She is a former president of the American Conference for Irish Studies, an international organization supporting Irish studies research across disciplines in the United States.





Volodymyr Dubovyk is an Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Director, Center for International Studies, Odesa I. I. Mechnikov National University (Ukraine). V. Dubovyk is the co-author of “Ukraine and European Security” (Macmillan, 1999) and has published numerous articles on US-Ukraine relations, regional and international security, and Ukraine’s foreign policy. Currently he is a Visiting Professor at the Tufts University (2022-2023 academic year). He was also a recipient of the emergency grant from the Kennan Institute (2022), George Washington University (2022-2023) and University of Toronto (2022-2023).


“Colonial Famine and Historical Memory” should be of interest to teachers in a wide range of subjects, such as social studies, history, geography, politics, communication, and language arts. We welcome participation by teachers in other fields, as well as librarians, administrators, and pre-service teachers.

Attendance is by registration only. Registration cost (includes lunch and coffee breaks): $35 for in-service teachers, $20 for pre-service teachers. Limited financial assistance will be available to cover hotel costs for attendees coming from outside Dane County.  The first 10 registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum. Attendees can also receive a free copy of this book by referring a colleague or fellow teacher who registers and attends the workshop.

If you need an accommodation to attend this event, please contact Sarah Linkert at 608-265-6298 or at sarah.linkert@wisc.edu. All accommodation requests should be made no less than two weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date but cannot guarantee they will be met.




February 4
9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Ingraham 206