Teacher Workshops

Wisconsin educators are invited to attend a virtual lecture on October 20 at 4pm with New York Times bestselling author, Rebecca Donner, who will be discussing her most recent book All the Frequent Troubles of our Days. Teachers attending the lecture may be eligible for a free gift. The event will be introduced and moderated by Professor Emeritus Marc Silberman.

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days is a true story about the life and death of Mildred Harnack. Harnack was an American leader of one of the largest underground resistance groups in Germany who was later executed on Hitler’s direct order.
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Additionally, European Studies is currently organizing two professional development workshops for Wisconsin educators. The first workshop will take place on January 15, 2022 and is designed to help teachers prepare for the implementation of Act 30. The second workshop will take place in March and address  Europe’s Green New Deal and European environmentalism. This page will be updated as more details are finalized.

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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

Global Partitions

May 4, 11, and 18, 2021

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.

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.