K-14 Outreach

K-12 Outreach

In accordance with the Wisconsin Idea, the European Studies (ES) program runs and supports outreach programming to K-12 educators and students with the primary aim of providing the K-12 community with information, resources and events that help to promote the study and teaching of Europe, the EU and European issues. With Europe a key player on the international stage, our outreach fits more broadly into the goal of internationalizing education, providing cross-regional, transnational and comparative perspectives for further study.

We offer professional development workshops and mini-courses for educators across the state often in collaboration with our Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC) partner centers, and we sponsor events and support K-12 students through diverse programming often in partnership with WIOC (e.g. World Cinema Day, Italian Day, World Appreciation Day etc…).

ES understands that each of our events is not just a stand-alone activity, but that our programming also develops a community of educators and students with a direct connection to our center and staff, and who may become regular participants at our outreach events. These activities also develop awareness within the K-12 community that the center is a resource that can be accessed by, for example, former K-12 students as they enter UW-Madison and continue their European and internationally focused studies at the University.

We work in conjunction with Madison College for the Global Studies Passport Program. Interested in outreach opportunities or teacher workshops?  Please contact europe@international.wisc.edu.

Teacher Workshops

To see what we offer, please click here.

Past Activities

Brussels Study Abroad Tour

The Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence (JMEUCE) at UW-Madison previously took applications for study trips to Brussels, Belgium.

  • In 2018, the recipients were Lisa Hollman from Madison College and UW-Madison undergraduates Violet Richardson and Jordan Jerrett. You can read Lisa’s experience here.
  • In 2017, Julie Buckman from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and UW-Madison undergraduate Clara Jeon received this travel grant and shared their experiences here and here.
  • In 2016, Joel Ryan from Madison College received the community college travel grant to spend one week in Brussels learning about the European Union. He shared his experience here.
Torsten Schimanski “The Response to the Skills Gap Issue: Apprenticeships!”

Torsten Schimanski, Director of Open Enrollment Training for the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP), spoke to the American Council on Germany Madison Warburg Chapter at Madison College on Nov. 15, 2017 about the importance of apprenticeships to building a vibrant economy.

Bringing Europe into Your Classroom 

At UW-Madison European Studies, we know that Europe is constantly changing and it can be hard sometimes to keep up. We have curated a list of Europe-focused media so that you can easily update yourself on everything in one place.

You can make learning about Europe engaging and relevant with current news articles, popular music and film. Use our media suggestions to augment your lesson plan, or for your own edification and enjoyment!

If you have any suggestions to add to our lists, please let us know by emailing us at europe@international.wisc.edu

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Featured Article

‘Venice Is On Its Knees’: Mayor Blames Worst Tides In 50 Years On Climate Change

“With more than 85 percent of the city flooded, Brugnaro says Venice is in a state of emergency. He’s now asking Italy’s central government for help, saying the damage to Venice is huge.”

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/13/778812333/venice-is-on-its-knees-mayor-blames-worst-tides-in-50-years-on-climate-change

If you have an article to recommend, please contact us at  europe@international.wisc.edu

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Featured Book

This season’s featured book is, “Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland” by Patrick Radden Keefe.

This engrossing book describes the Troubles in Ireland and the aftermath of the Good Friday Agreement as seen through one family’s eyes.

There will be a discussion on campus with Professor John Zumbrunnen, Chair of UW-Madison Political Science, for members of the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) book-club.

For more information about the international book-club please contact IRIS Assistant Director for Outreach,

Nancy Heingartner

nheingartner@wisc.edu

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EU News

BBC (UK)

Spiegl (Germany)

Le Monde (France)

Independent (Ireland)

Nordstjernan (Sweden)

El Pais (Spain)

Resident (Portugal)

Polskie Radio (Poland)

Flanders News (Belgium)

Politiken (Denmark)

EU Radio/ Podcasts

EU Confidential (Politico): A weekly podcast featuring keynote interviews on the forces shaping Europe.

Talking Politics: Launched after the Brexit vote in 2016 by Cambridge University professor David Runciman, Talking Politics is a weekly podcast that covers international and domestic affairs.

The World in 30 minutes with Mark Leonard: Mark Leonard, director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, explores the big issues in foreign policy and Europe’s role in the world.

The Europeans: An award-winning podcast looking at politics and culture around the continent. It delves into stories that don’t get attention in the national media and interview fascinating people across Europe, from writers to activists, scientists to chefs.

The Political Party: Comedian and former political advisor Matt Forde interviews figures from the political world, such as current and former MPs, journalists and diplomats from all parts of the political spectrum.

How to Invent a Country: When did countries become countries? Misha Glenny speaks on the borders, the stories and the people of countries, with a focus on European nations.

The History of Rome: A weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas’s arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.

The British History Podcast: The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people.

EU Television

Comedy

Call My Agent! (France): At a Paris talent firm, A.S.K, agents attempt to save their flailing business while confronting realities like sexism, ageism, and the gender pay gap in movies and TV.

A Very Secret Service (France): A posh series that lampoons Cold War-era politics and bureaucratic absurdity with dry wit. The French secret service inducts the main character, André, without warning or training, and we follow him as world paranoia boils and the fight for Algerian independence turns France on its head.

Fallet (Sweden): A spoof of police procedurals with spunk, verve, and a lot of heart. The Swedish series follows a Stockholm homicide detective and British chief inspector, both uninvested and incompetent, who are paired up to investigate the murder of an Englishman at a last-ditch effort to save their jobs.

Rita (Denmark): Rita, a Danish teacher, is “too cool for school,” but in this comedy, she actually cares about her students, and her unorthodox attitude is a hallmark of her equally unorthodox approach to her pupils.

Merlí (Spain/Catalonia): A free-thinking firebrand lands a gig teaching high school philosophy just as bankruptcy forces him to move back in with his mother. Complicating matters is his son, whom Merlí’s ex drops off just as he’s evicted, and who turns out to be a student in his class.

Drama

Dark (Germany): Dark clouds loom over the nuclear power plant that dominates the town and hangs over the complex storyline. Teenage boys start to disappear from the town, and these events prove to be the threads that reveal the dark, interconnected relationships of various citizens and the secrets they hold.

Occupied (Norway): In the not-so-distant future, the Norwegian Green Party, an environmentally friendly political formation, has taken control of the country, and has used their power to totally cease production of fossil fuels. When the oil stops flowing, the EU authorizes Russia to conduct a soft invasion of Norway and the geopolitical intrigue begins.

Money Heist (Spain): “The Professor” rounds up a group of talented criminals in hopes of pulling off the biggest heist in history. With high stakes, it’s a pulse-pounding action that manages to frame the story as thoughtfully as possible between gunshots and car chases.

Elite (Spain): Described as Riverdale meets Gossip Girl meets Big Little Lies, this show is full of teen melodrama. However, the material is elevated thanks to an inventive story structure that plays with the timeline, a reinvention of character tropes, and a murder mystery intertwined alongside the typical teenage drama.

Suburra: Blood on Rome (Italy): Instead of drugs or money, it is land that is at stake in this particular crime drama. A small group of young upstart criminals hatch a plan to get some land and establish themselves as underworld players. Our antiheroes quickly discover that there are many more experienced and more powerful hands playing this game, and that they might just be in over their heads.