Teacher Workshops


Teacher Professional Development Webinar

To maintain physical distancing policies while continuing to offer enrichment opportunities for Wisconsin educators, European Studies is collaborating with our area studies partners to provide professional development webinars.

Free Teacher Webinar

Your Digital Personality

with visiting scholar

Ekaterina Libova


Sunday, May 3                       

This talk was originally part of the now postponed “Cyber-warfare and Accelerating Global Change Teacher Professional Development Workshop” and has been modified as an online lecture with Q&A to follow.

Register for this free event below


Ekaterina is a vising scholar from Moscow, Russia. She holds an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and works as a legal counsel for an IT company. Ekaterina’s research analyzes the effects of global digitalization on human presence. Digital identity will play a key role in a global community, but lack of the proved legal identity may cause exclusion from political, economic, and social life. Ekaterina’s research seeks to understand the theoretical and practical issues on functioning of a so-called “digital person” and focuses on possible solutions to harmonize the digital identity standard.

Eavesdroppers Welcome !

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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.



We will reschedule for later this year, virus permitting. Email ejconrad@wisc.edu for updates.

Teacher Workshop 2020

European Studies (ES), Center for Russia, East Europe,and Central Asia (CREECA), Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), and present:


Teaching Accelerating Global Change and Cyber-Warfare

Saturday, March 14, 2020

from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706


2007: Estonian banks, media, and government websites suddenly become inoperable; 2016: several European countries report rampant election inference; 2017: medical files held hostage across 150 countries. What is happening? How can we explain it? What can we do to prevent the next incident? Educators will have the opportunity to examine the transforming face of international conflict on the macro and micro level through this teacher professional development workshop.

Join us Friday evening for a pre-workshop film and networking event.

During full-day workshop on Saturday, teachers will:

  • Take home syllabus-adaptable resources encompassing five Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Standards for Social Studies, including SS.BH1-4, SS.ECON1, SS.GEOG1, SS.HIST2-4, SS.PS3-4;
  • Gain a solid understanding of the new cyber warfare and its significance in the modern age, as well as the vocabulary to facilitate classroom discussions;
  • Have the opportunity to engage with field experts to examine recent cyber-attacks from Europe to Southeast Asia and how these incidents exacerbate tensions or forge stronger connections;
  • Receive a physical copy and/or e-book with a diverse array of primary sources that clarify the political, historical, and geographical factors that impact cybersecurity policy and contextualize cybersecurity in a way that can transfer directly into a classroom;
  • Establish a basis in cyber literacy to serve as a footing for developing student’s civic literacy and ability to critically engage with online information;
  • Develop practical exercises that prompt student participation and collaboration.


Register by January 1st for $15 early-bird special pricing. After January 1st, registration is $25. All registration includes coffee, lunch, and a complimentary privacy gadget. Limited overnight accommodation available upon request. Financial assistance is available – contact Eleanor Conrad (ejconrad@wisc.edu).


The content of this workshop will be appropriate for teachers of 6th-12th grade History, Social Sciences, Ethics, Computer Literacy, and Journalism, among others, but all Wisconsin K-12 teachers are welcome.


Registration is required for this K-14 teachers-only event. More information can be found on the event page, which will be updated as the workshop date approaches. Please check the event page for more details.




Past Workshops

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.