Institute for Global Studies
214 Social Sciences
267 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-624-9007
Fax: 612-626-2242
E-mail: igs@umn.edu

Professional Development Programs

Professional development opportunities encourage educators to explore current issues in international studies through conferences, seminars, short courses and faculty presentations.

Workshops and institutes challenge teachers to combine experience in applying critical thinking and problem-solving skills to international issues with the knowledge and materials needed to engage their students. To prepare our students for global citizenship in the 21st Century, the Institute for Global Studies and the European Studies Consortium are working to strengthen international studies in K-16 education.

The Teacher Summer Institutes combine lectures by University of Minnesota faculty and guest speakers, small group discussions, course readings, fieldtrips and teaching resources to explore international issues and learn strategies for integrating global topics into existing curriculum. The Summer Institutes are funded by a Title VI grant from US Department of Education.

The Institute for Global Studies professional development for educators addresses the following global competencies (as defined by the United States Department of Education) that students gain through disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies:

  • Students investigate the world beyond their immediate environment.
  • Students recognize their own and others' perspectives.
  • Students communicate their ideas effectively with diverse audiences.
  • Students translate their ideas into appropriate actions to improve conditions.

 

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2015 Spring Workshops for Educators

World War I at Home and Abroad

Date:  April 25, 2015, 9:00am-3:00,, Heller 1210, West Bank U of MN
Instructors:Dr. Gary Cohen, Dr Alejandro Baer, Dr Patricia Lorcin,

Cost: $25 includes parking, resources, 6 CEUS, and lunch. Free for pre-service educators

Registration deadline: April 12, 2015

Regsiter here

CANCELLATION DEADLINE:If you need to cancel, write to Deborah Jane outreach@umn.eduby April 12, 2015. If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund.

This day workshop will start with an historical overview of the beginning of World War 1 and be followed by break out sessions on the War in Africa, Asia, and the Armenian Genocide.  Participants will be able to choose sessions of interest.  Participants will receive lunch, parking, resource lists and a book. Faculty members from the Center of Austrian Studies, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Department of History from the University of Minnesota will be leading the sessions.

2015 Summer Institutes for Educators

There are a limited number of Travel Scholarships available for those educators coming from outside the Twin Cities metro area for the Teaching African Identitites through Film institute. Please email outreach@umn.edu if interested in one of the Travel Scholarships.

Register here for all summer institutes and optional housing.

Holocaust Education in a Global Context

Date:June 15-18, 2015

Time:9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Place:Room 1210 Heller Hall, West Bank UMN

CEUs: 30 (2 optional graduate credits available for extra fee)

Cost: $100

Optional on campus housing:$300 (includes lodging and parking for Sunday night through Friday)

Registration deadline:June 1, 2015

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The genocide of the Jews during World War II has become a global reference point to raise awareness about state violence and human rights abuses. This summer institute will explore the opportunities and challenges of Holocaust education and memorialization in diverse cultural contexts, particularly in heterogeneous classrooms in which students have no connection with the history of the Jewish people and Nazi crimes.

The institute will address the historical and sociological significance of the Holocaust in a comparative genocide framework (Native American, Armenian, Cambodian and Rwandan genocides) and provide hands on activities - with survivor testimony, literature, art and film - designed to help educators create activities and lessons accessible to all learners that they can incorporate into their classrooms.

CANCELLATION DEADLINE:If you need to cancel your registration, a refund minus $20 will be issued to you if you cancel in writing to Deborah Janeoutreach@umn.eduby June 1, 2015. If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund.

Instructors:Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Understanding African Global Migration through a Historical Lens (special permission required)

Date:June 19, 22-25, 2015

Time:9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Place:Room 1210 Heller Hall, West Bank UMN

CEUs: 30 (2 optional graduate credits available for extra fee)

Optional on campus housing:$300 (includes lodging and parking for Sunday night through Friday)

Registration deadline:June 8, 2015

Register:Please register here or email Deborah Jane REGISTRATION RESTRICTED TO TEAMS OF CLASSROOM TEACHERS, AFTER SCHOOL YOUTH WORKERS, and HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS from same school

This course brings together teams of educators, youth workers and East African high school students to engage in an exploration of migration patterns that is both global and local. Teams will have the opportunity to understand reasons for migration out of the Horn of Africa through the experiences of East African students, their families, and their communities. The goals of this institute are to better understand the historical and colonial causes of conflict in the region, personalize these larger sociopolitical and historical events, and connect the experience to classroom and out-of-school learning opportunities in an action plan.

Participants in the institute will:

  • Understand pre-migration circumstances (conflict, trauma, displacement, refugee camp schools).
  • Link pre-migration circumstances to larger sociopolitical and historical events/processes (colonialism, civil war, Diaspora influences).
  • Understand how educational contexts post-migration compare to pre-migration learning (expectations of role of educators, changing gender roles).
  • Link learning to self and future actions.

CANCELLATION DEADLINE:If you need to cancel your registration, a refund minus $20 will be issued to you if you cancel in writing to Deborah Janeoutreach@umn.eduby June 5, 2015. If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund.

Instructor:Dr. Martha Bigelow, College of Education and Human Development

Sponsors:Institute for Global Studies, African Studies Initiative

Water, Health, and the World's Cities

Date:June 29- July 2 , 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Place: St Paul Campus, TBD

CEUs: 30 (2 optional graduate credits available for extra fee)

Cost: $100

Optional on campus housing:$300 (includes lodging and parking for Sunday night through Friday)

Registration deadline:June 15, 2015

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How does the state of our water resources affectenvironmentalhealth? What can cities do to improve human health by improving their water infrastructure, and how dothese challenges differ between the global north and south? Tackle these challenges with water experts using case studies from North and South America.

CANCELLATION DEADLINE:If you need to cancel your registration, a refund minus $20 will be issued to you if you cancel in writing to Deborah Jane by June 15, 2015. If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund.

Lead Instructor: Barrett Colombo, Institute on the Environment, U of MN

Sponsors: Institute for Global Studies, Institute on the Environment

Teaching African Identities through Film

Date:July 27-30, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Place: 1210 Heller Hall, UMN West Bank

CEUs: 30 (2 optional graduate credits available for extra fee)

Cost: $100

Optional on campus housing:$300 (includes lodging and parking for Sunday night through Friday)

Registration deadline:July 13, 2015

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In this institute, we're trying to accomplish many and complex goals. We want to reach educators who use African films in the classroom by networking with others who have similar tasks. This Institute for Global Studies Summer Institute is intended to be for educators and scholars of any discipline who are interested in an increased understanding of African identity and who would like to consider ways of connecting film to their teachings. Through listening to presentations, viewing films, and participating in discussions, educators in this week-long institute will have the opportunity to examine core themes that are essential to increasing understanding of African cultures, both globally and locally.

Dr. Njeri Githire, University of Minnesota (institute lead)

Dr. Anthony Adah, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Dr. Florence Martin, Goucher College, Marlyland

Dr. Cherif Keita, Carleton College, Minnesota

Dr. Samuel Imbo, Hamline College, Minnesota

CANCELLATION DEADLINE:If you need to cancel your registration, a refund minus $20 will be issued to you if you cancel in writing to Deborah Jane by July 13, 2015. If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund.

Sponsors: Institute for Global Studies, African Studies Initiative