Teacher Workshops

The Center for European Studies, Center for South Asia, Institute for Regional and International Studies, & African Studies Program present

Global Partitions

A  K-12 teacher development workshop international series in three parts.

May 4, 11, and 18, 2021 @ 3:30pm CDT

During this workshop expert regional scholars will lead teachers through a critical exploration of  partitions in Bangladesh, Ireland, and South Africa. Each event will consist of a 45-60 minute presentation by a regional scholar followed by discussion and a Q&A session. All events will take place virtually from 3:30-5:00 PM CDT.


Part 1: Impact of Partition on Bangladesh

May 4, 2021

Yasmin Saikia, Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict and  Professor of History in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University, will present on the impact of partition on Bangladesh. Her work focuses on the histories of memory and identity; women, war, and peace; histories of premodern and contemporary South Asia and engaging the history of Islam and Islamic values of peace. Hosted by CSA and IRIS

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Part 2: Brexit and Cross-Border Cooperation in Ireland

May 11, 2021

Dr. Anna Oltman, Lecturer in Human Rights at University College, London, will present on Brexit and its larger populist impacts on Northern Ireland and across the United Kingdom. Her current focus is on the individualized systems through which countries process claims to asylum, and the shortcomings of individual rights claims for providing protection to vulnerable migrant communities. Hosted by CSA, ES, & IRIS.

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Part 3: Historical and Colonial Contexts in South Africa and Beyond

May 18, 2021

Heinz Klug, Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law and Sheldon B. Lubar Distinguished Research Chair, UW Law School, and Visiting Professor, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, will use historical and contemporary lenses to help attendees understand the conditions that either hinder or facilitate partition, particularly in the colonial and post-colonial context using the case study of South Africa. Hosted by ASP & IRIS

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Our mission is to create accessible professional development for Wisconsin educators. We understand that many of you are working from home. Your housemates are welcome to eavesdrop on this webinar.

Past Workshops

Cyber-Capabilities and Accelerating Global Change

March 13 & 20, 2021 via Zoom

During this virtual professional development workshop for K-14 educators will a) examine the transforming face of international relations on the macro and micro level, b) receive an updated curated e-book of relevant source materials and classroom activities, and c) develop practical exercises that prompt student participation and collaboration.

Your Digital Personality With Visiting Scholar Ekaterina Libova

May 3, 2020 6-7pm via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

In this free k-12 teacher webinar, Wisconsin teachers will consider the international legal rights to privacy and autonomy of our “digital identities” that are already in place and discover which legal protections maybe lacking.

The End of Democracy? Eastern Europe 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

March 16, 2019 – 9am to 3:30pm at the Pyle Center

This workshop will look at post-1989 transitions to a market economy, communist nostalgia, and other drivers behind the rise of populism we see today in countries like Germany, Poland, and Hungary. We will explore this topic with three experts over the course of the morning and afternoon.

Teacher Workshop on Nationalism and Populism in Advanced Democracies

March 10, 2018 – 9am to 3:30pm at the Pyle Center

The workshop will look at the history and the politics of nationalism in the post-War and Cold War eras, and how populism is coming back into fashion in both Europe and the US since the Fall of the Berlin Wall (1989). We will examine the crises that led to a surge in nationalism (such as globalization and the refugee crisis) and how populist tactics from both the left and right ends of the political spectrum are hampering the day to day workings of political life (Germany, Spain, the US, the Netherlands). We will also look at the history of why certain countries and areas of Europe and the US are more susceptible to nationalist leanings than others.

Understand How the EU Impacts Human Right Regimes

April 1, 2017 – 9am to 3:30pm at the Best Western Plus InnTowner

Human rights are an essential part of learning about our world.  Yet how can it be taught effectively to students in a globally competent manner? Prof. Mert Kartal and Dr. Jess Clayton address the concerns of human rights in the EU context.