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Gateway to Learning Workshops | 2010-2017

2017

JUNE - JULY 2017 | Manifest Destiny Reconsidered: The Utah Experience
Landmarks of American History & Culture: Workshops for School Teachers
National Endowment for the Humanities

JUN 05-09 | Teaching Trauma: Historical and Contemporary Perceptions of Slavery, the Holocaust, and the A-Bomb

Taking three important, but culturally and temporally different situations—slavery in the United States, the Holocaust in Europe, and the A-bomb in Japan—we seek to familiarize teachers with how these events came to be, how the respective societies have dealt with their aftermath, and finally, how they are depicted in the United States today. Ultimately, we endeavor to relate contemporary, American perceptions of these events with their respective historical contexts. American Slavery remains one of the most traumatic and problematic periods in the history of the United States with reverberating legacies of race and discrimination that continue to plague the nation. Nazi Germany and the Holocaust are often invoked as the epitome of evil without fully comprehending the longstanding prejudices, the immediate importance of World War II, or how the Jewish and German communities have confronted the past since. The A-bomb in Japan highlights issues surrounding survivors, the continued testing of nuclear bombs in the Pacific, and US and Asian interests during the Cold War. Although seemingly disparate, these three case studies have become shorthand for trauma in the media today, and our goal is to demystify them.

JUN 12-16 | Aspects of the Renaissance and the Transformation of European Society, 1300-1650

This workshop will focus on the aspects of the Renaissance that transformed Western thought and European society.  Beginning in 1300 with the “calamitous fourteenth century” we will discuss the events that led to this paradigm shift and a desire to recapture the “Golden Age” of classical Greece and Rome to recover the texts, ideas, political structures, and social mores in order to “remake” their own worlds.  In order to do that, the Humanists went ad fontes, ‘to the source,’ of knowledge by using Greco-Roman philosophical, scientific, political and legal manuscripts to create the Intellectual Renaissance.  “Father of Humanism” Francesco Petrarch attempted to reconcile his own Catholic faith with this new focus on the human worth, dignity and power and Civic Humanist Cosimo d’Medici used his knowledge of the “humane studies,” as well as his money and political power, to fulfill his obligation to his community of Florence. In addition to the Intellectual Renaissance this workshop will discuss the other aspects of the Renaissance in the states of Italy and in the larger European landscape, including political, artistic, social, scientific and religious.

JUN 26-30 | Contemporary China

In a rapidly changing international environment, interest in China has grown dramatically. Yet, there is much that remains unknown about its people and government. Faculty from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University will seek to expand our knowledge of contemporary Chinese society, politics, literature, art, and environment.  Their lectures will offer a foundation for informed opinion about the evolving role of China in the world.

JUL 17-21 | Literary Classics III

This class—like the Literary Classics seminar offered in summer 2015 and the Literary Classics II seminar in summer 2016--will once again be team-taught by University of Utah English faculty, and is aimed at Utah high school English teachers. The seminar will focus on important literary texts frequently taught in high school English classes--to help educators become more knowledgeable about particular authors and texts they may be likely (or may wish) to teach, and to give them more knowledge and tools (and models) for teaching these topics in their own classes. Texts to be discussed this time around might include works by Shakespeare, Woolf, Thoreau, Joyce, Auden, Hardy, Le Guin, Wilde, and others.
 
JUL 25-28 | Teaching Latin America through Award winning Children’s Literature

This workshop will introduce participants to award winning titles in children’s literature that focus on themes within Latin American Studies such as history, non-fiction and the experiences of Latinas/os in the United States.  Resources and strategies on how to incorporate these award winning titles into the classroom will also be explored.  Highlighted titles will include recipients of the Americas Award, Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award and the Pura Belpre Medal.  Participants will also have the opportunity to develop lesson plans and strategize how to implement Latin American children’s literature into their curriculum.

This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah, a member of the Consortium of Latin American Studies Program and a Title VI grant recipient and National Resource Center for Latin American Studies.

JUL 31-AUG 04 | Critical Approaches to Media and Popular Culture

This course provides educators with an opportunity to engage with contemporary issues through popular culture. Specifically, we will examine foundational topics in cultural and media theory which can be used to critically interrogate how popular culture and media shape our contemporary world. Topics include environmental issues, popular representations of gender and race, and the evolution of relationships in the digital era. Texts will include short readings by media and cultural studies scholars, a short story by E.M. Forster, episodes from the critically acclaimed television show Black Mirror, and the films Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Wall-E. In addition, the class will take an off-site field trip to City Creek Canyon and City Creek Shopping Center. This seminar-style class will engage in critical discussion surrounding a variety of questions such as:

  • How does technology shape our relationship with and perception of the world?
  • How do popular culture and digital media result in alienation and disconnect?
  • How can popular culture and digital media provide opportunities for hope and healing?
  • How can these theories and texts be applied in educators’ classrooms? 

2016

JUN 13-17 | Using Online Course Materials to Individualize Student Learning

Teachers struggle with how to reach students who are either behind the rest of the class or very far ahead. Online teaching tools can help by providing a manageable way for you to create and administer individualized learning activities for your students. Bring one of your existing lessons to this workshop and let us help you build supplemental online resources. You will finish the week with one set of resources for students who are struggling and a second set of resources for students who want to work ahead. Dr. Linda Ralston has taught online for nearly twenty years, designed online courses for several subject areas, and teaches the University of Utah Cyber Pedagogy course. She specializes in universal course design principles, including optimizing learning for students of all abilities. Heather Stone is a doctoral candidate who works as an online specialist in the Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence.

JUN 20-24 | Middle Ages and Renaissance History

This workshop will focus on methods of teaching medieval and Renaissance history and culture. It will focus on the institutions, ideas and events of the period from 1000 to approximately 1650 and examine major political, religious, and social/cultural aspects and structures. Specifically, the topics addressed will include the medieval and Renaissance systems of government, Feudalism and centralization, challenges to monarchial authority in the form of Magna Carta and emerging parliamentary rule, and the rise of the commune (city-state) in Italy as the commercial merchant class endeavored to assert individual political and economic rights. The role that the Black Death played in these political developments will also be addressed. Furthermore, the workshop will discuss methods of teaching religious belief, expression and relations in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and their influence on things like familial structures, art and social constructs, government, and events like the Crusades and the Medieval Holocaust, especially as they relate to present day. Finally, we will address effectively teaching cultural and intellectual developments in late medieval and Renaissance humanism, the arts, and science and technology, including the invention of the printing press.

JUN 27-JUL 01 | Literary Classics II: Seminar on English and American Classics

This class—like the first Literary Classics seminar offered last summer--will once again be team-taught by University of Utah English faculty, and is aimed at Utah high school English teachers. The seminar will focus on important literary texts frequently taught in high school English classes--to help educators become more knowledgeable about particular authors and texts they may be likely (or may wish) to teach, and to give them more knowledge and tools (and models) for teaching these topics in their own classes. Texts to be discussed this time around may include works by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, Twain, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Frost, Wilde, Joyce, and others.

JUL 11-15 | Place, Story, and History in Contemporary World Literature

This course will survey contemporary world literature, with particular emphasis on questions about the relationships between local place and global space. We will read recent fiction from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and ask about the various ways local traditions respond to the pressures of globalization. How have writers used fiction to examine social and historical conflicts, challenge official histories, and recover forgotten voices and neglected traditions? And how have writers used traditional narrative resources to stretch the possibilities of the novel and the short story? In many of these works, local answers to global historical pressures involve reviving traditional aesthetic practices, and we will approach our materials as both social documents and works of art. We will also explore ways of bringing formal and aesthetic questions to bear on discussions of social issues in the classroom.

JUL 18-22 | Teaching the Holocaust

This workshop will focus on varied pedagogical methods of teaching the Holocaust, with the aim of empowering educators to develop new approaches to the subject. Participants will become acquainted with innovative curricular methodologies used to highlight the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust, including connections to other genocides and sites of global trauma. Drawing on rich resources available through the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, we will explore ways to effectively use a range of materials (including multimedia sources as well as classic theoretical, historical, and literary texts) in diverse classroom settings.

JUL 26-29 | The Great Transition: America Becomes Modern, 1880-1930

This workshop will focus on the United States’ transition from a face-to-face agricultural and mercantile economy dominated by communal fears of scarcity to a corporate industrial economy dominated by bureaucratic processes and an ethic of individual and family consumerism. During this period the Populist and Progressive movements brought an end to the “weak state” era in national politics, in response to citizen demands for a regulatory federal government. The seminar’s enduring understanding is that developments during this period fundamentally transformed American public and private life.       

AUG 01-05 | Critical Issues in Urban Education

This workshop will provide an introduction to some of the most important problems and debates within Latin American history, society and culture in order to understand the changing demographics of the K-12 Latina/o population in Utah. This multi-disciplinary approach engages an array of materials including films, fiction/non-fiction books, photographs and art to understand migration and immigration patterns. It will guide participants in understanding systems of conquest and colonization in Latin America including active forms of resistance, decolonization, and transformation and how they translate into school structures and education. Topics of investigation and discussion includes: foundation to Multicultural Education Studies, Latin American Studies, Chicana/o Studies in Education, Critical, feminist, and Indigenous studies in education, Family, School, and Community Connections, and Discipline, Policing, and Education.

AUG 08-12 | Nature and Environment in Chinese Culture

As China faces a dire environmental crisis as the result of its rapid economic growth, more and more people in the world begin to pay attention to the human habitat around us. This seminar introduces the Chinese concept, attitude and official policies about nature from the antiquity to the present time. It will address the topic from the perspectives of philosophy, literature, policy, art, and media. All presenters are faculty from the University of Utah.

2015

JUL 06-10 | Contemporary Rewritings and Adaptations of Classic Literature

This workshop offers participants the opportunity to explore the pedagogical advantages of teaching classic works of literature alongside contemporary rewritings and adaptations of those works. Participants will investigate the wide field of novels, films, plays, and graphic novels that engage with and rework canonical literary texts—from Homer and Shakespeare to Austen and Twain. The workshop will focus on ways teachers can use contemporary rewritings to excite students about the continued cultural relevance of the classics, and to provoke students to ask critical questions about them. We will ask why writers and readers continually return to these classics, how contemporary writers critique or pay homage to them from diverse perspectives, and we will develop a variety of classroom activities and assignments that mutually illuminate the classic and the contemporary response. The primary example for our discussion will be Homer's Odyssey, alongside Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad (1999), Zachary Mason's The Lost Books of the Odyssey (2007), and the Coen Brothers' O Brother Where Are Thou (2000).

JUL 27-31 | Contemporary China

This workshop will be presented by faculty from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. The five sessions will focus on Chinese literature, politics, geography, diplomacy and society. 

JUN 15-19 | The Environment in Film

This workshop offers an introduction to foundational topics in environmental humanities through an examination of environmental films. The course will introduce theories and concepts from philosophy, literature, science, and rhetoric that examine the relationship between humans, more-than-humans, and the natural world. Topics of investigation for the 2015 class will include bee colony collapse, genetics and the environment, the nature/culture divide, environmental social movements, food production, and animals. These theories and concepts will be examined through analysis of a series of documentary and feature films such as Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Trying to Tell Us, and Bidder 70. Participants will engage in critical discussion of a variety of questions such as: What is the relationship between nature and culture? Can humans and more-than-human animals engage in meaningful communication? What is the relationship between science and environmental issues? How does popular culture portray a variety of ways of thinking about the environment? What is the role of environmental social movements in creating change? The course will include guest lectures from professors affiliated with the Environmental Humanities MA Program at the University of Utah. The course is available for repeat credit. The course will feature new theories, films, and topics.  

JUN 22-26 | Children's Literature

As we immerse ourselves in the wonder of children's literature, we'll explore how it helps us reflect on our notions of children and childhood; how it enhances and strengthens learning and relationship in the classroom, and how it can help children connect their learning to meaningful parts of their lives. As our exploration opens new avenues for thought, we will grapple with intersecting questions of identity, culture, and history that arise in reading together. Bring your imagination and curiosity, critical eyes, and probing questions. We'll be looking for how this literature reaches us, and our opportunities and responsibilities to respond to it.

JUN 29-JUL 02 | The Cold War, the Military-Industrial-University Complex, and the American Middle Class

This workshop will focus on the interaction between foreign policy and the domestic economy in the expansion and maintenance of the largest and most prosperous middle class in American history, or between the 1944 G.I. Bill and the first Oil Crisis of 1973-4. The seminar's enduring understanding is that bipolar global confrontation with the Soviet Union reinforced a range of largely bipartisan "Cold War Liberal" domestic policies that worked to maximize employment and reduce income inequality during the 1950s and 1960s, certain other aspects of U.S. foreign policy, combined with an unrealistic expectation of indefinitely inexpensive energy, created a "pivot point" in the mid-1970s towards today's era of fierce international economic competition, lower real wages for "average Americans" and, combined with the subsequent triumph of free market/anti-government ideologies, rapid accelerating income inequality.

JUL 06-10 | Multicultural Education

Utah is a "new immigrant gateway," meaning that it has one of the fastest growing immigrant populations in the country. The vast majority of these immigrants come from Latin America, particularly Mexico. One result of this wave of migration is that Utah's classrooms are more multicultural than ever, presenting both challenges and opportunities for educators. This workshop will provide an introduction to the changing demographic population of K-12 students and provide participants with models and strategies for effectively teaching minority students that create classroom and school atmospheres that are accepting of diversity. Topics of investigation and discussion will include: the causes of migration and of settlement patterns in the United States; schools as key locations for integration and/or marginalization; challenges and opportunities diverse classrooms pose for students and teachers; culturally appropriate curriculum; deficit vs. asset perspectives on students and communities. The University of Utah's Latin American Studies Program is a proud sponsor of this workshop.

JUL 13-17 | Literary Texts: Seminar on English and American Classics

This class will be team-taught by University of Utah English faculty, and is aimed at Utah high school English teachers. The seminar will focus on important literary texts frequently taught in high school English classes--to help educators become more knowledgeable about particular authors and texts they may be likely (or may wish) to teach, and to give them more knowledge and tools (and models) for teaching these topics in their own classes. Texts to be discussed might include works by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Austen, Dickens, Dickinson, Twain, Conrad, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Joyce, and others.

2014

JUN 16-20 | Reconstructing Utah's History

This workshop offers an introduction to key themes in Utah history centered on major events that brought new peoples to Utah. It will explore among other things, Native American migrations to the state, Spanish incursions, the arrival of Mormon refugees, the Utah War and the coming of the transcontinental railroad, Utah's "new immigrants," and the impact of WWII. It will offer pedagogical ideas as well as historical information and is designed to explore ways in which teachers can rethink and reconstruct Utah history to include an array of perspectives. In that regard, it will view Utah as a meeting and mixing ground of diverse peoples from a variety of religious, cultural ethnic, and racial backgrounds. We will seek to understand what brought these peoples together, what drove them apart, how they viewed each other, and what methods of accommodation compromise, and/or conquest animated their exchanges. What has living in Utah meant for each group and how has that meaning changed over time? The Utah State Office of Education is a proud sponsor of this workshop.

JUN 23-27 | The Civil War and Reconstruction

This course will focus on the Civil War and Reconstruction era of American history, beginning roughly with the Mexican War and concluding with the end of Reconstruction in 1877. Major themes will include the divergent paths of social, economic, and political development in the North and South prior to the War; slavery and abolitionism; the emerging sectional crisis; the emergence of the Republican Party and the rise of Lincoln; secession and the onset of war; Northern and Southern strategies for the conduct of the war; major campaigns and leaders; the experience of war; emancipation; Northern victory and the reconstruction of the South; and the long-term consequences and significance of the Civil War in American history and memory. The Utah State Office of Education is a proud sponsor of this workshop.

JUL 07-11 | The Environment in Film

This workshop offers an introduction to foundational topics in environmental humanities through an examination of environmental films. The course will introduce theories and concepts from philosophy, sociology, science, and rhetoric that examine the relationship between humans, more-than-humans, and the natural world. Topics of investigation for the 2014 class will include ocean pollution and marine species, genetics and the environment, environmental social movements, and food. These theories and concepts will be examined through analysis of a series of documentary and feature films such as The Cove, Rivers and Tides, Bidder 70, and Food, Inc. Participants will engage in critical discussion of a variety of questions such as: What is the relationship between nature and culture? Can humans and more-than-human animals engage in meaningful communication? What is the relationship between science and environmental issues? How does popular culture portray a variety of ways of thinking about the environment? The course will include guest lectures from professors affiliated with the Environmental Humanities MA Program at the University of Utah. This course is available for repeat credit and will feature theories, films, and topics not covered in previous years.

JUL 07-11 | William Shakespeare

This workshop will give participants an opportunity to examine three Shakespeare plays from multiple angles: The Merchant of Venice (comedy), Henry V (history), and King Lear (tragedy). In this course, we will pull these works apart to look at imagery, characterization, and structure, then put them together again to explore larger questions of interpretation. We will also consider various approaches to teaching these plays to students. Stage and film versions, and (to a lesser extent) scholarly responses, will be part of our purview.

JUL 14-18 | The Rise of the Dictators and World War II, 1924-1945

This workshop will focus on the historical circumstances that made Russian, Italian, and German civil society vulnerable to totalitarianism in the aftermath of the First World War, the nature of the global military conflict that destroyed two of those three regimes between 1939 and 1945, and the war efforts mounted by the Western Democracies: France, the United Kingdom and the United States. An enduring understanding for the workshop is that while during the mid-twentieth century the totalitarian powers were capable of great military efforts in the factory and on the battlefield, the U.S. and the U.K. were better able to mobilize their economic, human, and cultural resources for total war. The Utah State Office of Education is a proud sponsor of this workshop.

JUL 28-AUG 01 | Survey of Ancient Chinese Civilization

In partnership with the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah, this workshop will offer a broad survey of ancient Chinese civilization by examining texts from philosophy, history, literature, and art.

AUG 04-08 | Immigration and Education

Utah is a "new immigrant gateway," meaning that it has one of the fastest growing immigrant populations in the country. The vast majority of these immigrants come from Latin America, particularly Mexico. This workshop will provide an introduction to the immigrant population from Latin America and to related issues that affect local schools. Topics of investigation and discussion will include: the causes of migration and of settlement patterns in the United States; the diversity of Utah's immigrant population; the unintended consequences of immigration policies; schools as key locations for integration and/or marginalization; challenges and opportunities diverse classrooms pose for students and teachers; and integration as a two-way process. The University of Utah's Latin American Studies Program is a proud sponsor of this workshop.

2013

Sponsored by Tanner Humanities Center, The Utah State Office of Education, The University of Utah Confucius Center,
The University of Utah Asia Center, The University of Utah Environmental Humanities Program

JUN 10-14 | Reconstructing Utah's History

An introduction to key themes in Utah history, including Native American migrations to the state, Spanish incursions, the arrival of Mormon refugees, the Utah War, and the impact of World War II.

JUN 24-28 | The Environment in Film

This workshop offers an introduction to foundational topics in environmental humanities through an examination of environmental films. The course introduces theories and concepts from history, literature, science, and rhetoric that examine the relationship between humans, more-than-humans, and the natural world.

JUL 15-19 | An Introduction to the Middle East

This workshop explores the nature of the Middle East as an elusive region with characteristics and boundaries upon which few agree. Major topics covered in the class include the physical character of the region, the main political issues confronting individual countries, the population dynamics and differences to be found in the area, and the critical nature of oil and water as regional resources.

JUL 29 - AUG 02 | Contemporary China

This workshop, team-taught by the faculty at the University of Utah and Utah State University, offers a broad and in-depth coverage of various aspects of contemporary Chinese society, including art, literature, film, politics, and social structure.

AUG 05-09 | Understanding Utah's Refugee Communities

This course provides an introduction to the refugee populations of Utah from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The topics covered include overviews of the refugee situation globally and here in Utah; political, cultural and social conditions in the countries of origin of new arriving communities; processes of migration; experiences of communities of refugee background after they arrive in Utah; and integration as a two-way process.

2012

Sponsored by Tanner Humanities Center, The Utah State Office of Education, The University of Utah Confucius Center, 
The University of Utah Asia Center, The Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation, The University of Utah College of Humanities,
The University of Utah Enviromental Humanities Program, Aramco Services Company, Fred and Irene Tannenbaum, Jerry Ward, Jr.

JUN 11-15 | India through Different Eyes

India is a rising world power, but what is behind this Asian giant? This summer workshop examines India through different eyes: that of an economist, a literature and language scholar, and a historian.

JUN 11-15 | Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

In this course we will deal with a number of themes. These include: Western Civilization and the Jews, AntiSemitism and Racism, Adolf Hitler and the Rise of Nazism, The Nazi Police State, the Biomedical Vision, World War II and Genocide, the West and the Holocaust and Teaching the Holocaust.

JUN 18-22 | The Environment in Film

This workshop offers an introduction to foundational topics in environmental humanities through an examination of environmental films. The course will introduce theories and concepts from philosophy, history, literature, and rhetoric that examine the relationship between humans and the natural world such as the nature/culture divide, environmental ethics, toxicity, and human-animal communication.

JUN 25-29 | Children’s Literature

Studying children’s literature helps us reflect on our notions of children and childhood, enhances and strengthens learning and relationship in the classroom, and how it can help children connect their learning to meaningful parts of their lives.

JUL 16-20 | The Arab Spring: Roots and Repurcussions in the Middle East

This class, taught by three University of Utah Middle East professors, will provide a comprehensive overview of recent critical events in religious, political, social, and economic contexts. 

JUL 30 - AUG 03 | China Past and Present

An intensive introduction to the history and culture of China from ancient times to the present, exploring various aspects of Chinese ethics, politics, literature, society, and popular culture.

JUL 30 - AUG 03 | French and Francophone Studies in Society and Culture

A course designed to help teachers maintain their French language skills, become better acquainted with important aspects of French and Francophone literature, culture, and history, in addition to many other skills to serve the teachers in their classrooms.

AUG 06-10 | The German Short Story

Participants will read and discuss German, Austrian, and Swiss short stories that can be adapted to the classroom.

AUG 06-10 | A Retrospective Look at the Mexican and Cuban Revoluations

This language immersion workshop will examine the half-century literary and cultural legacies of the Mexican Revolution (1920-1970) and the Cuban Revolution (1959-2009), including their hemispheric impact upon education, civil society, and popular culture.

2011

Sponsored by Tanner Humanities Center, The Utah State Office of Education, The University of Utah Confucius Center,
The Center for Applied Second Language Studies 

JUN 20-24 | The Civil War and Reconstruction

This workshop will focus on the Civil War and Reconstruction era of American history, beginning roughly with the Mexican War and concluding with the end of Reconstruction in 1877.

JUN 27 - JUL 01 | Looking Back on the Cold War: Foreign Relations, Domestic Politics and Popular Culture

This workshop examines the bipolar era of the Cold War, 1945-1991, from the perspective of the unipolar (or nonpolar) “post-9/11” present.

JUL 11-15 | Reconstructing Utah’s History

An introduction to key themes in Utah history, including Native American migrations to the state, Spanish incursions, the arrival of Mormon refugees, the Utah War, and the impact of World War II.

JUL 18-22 | China Past and Present

An intensive introduction to the history and culture of China from ancient times to the present, exploring various aspects of Chinese ethics, politics, literature, society, and popular culture.

JUL 26-29 | French and Francophone Studies in Society and Culture

A course designed to help teachers maintain their French language skills, become better acquainted with important aspects of French and Francophone literature, culture, and history, in addition to many other skills to serve the teachers in their classrooms.

AUG 01-05 | German Culture and Language through Film

This workshop will look at German culture and language through film. Instructors will introduce iconic German films, such as MetropolisTriumph of the Will, and the German "Heimatfilme" of the 50s from the BRD and DDR.

AUG 01-05 | Spanish Language Immersion Workshop

This language immersion workshop, taught by expert professors of Latin American literatures, will explore a variety of cultural expressions from indigenous, Afro-Latino, and mestizo perspectives.

2010

Sponsored by Tanner Humanities Center, The Utah State Office of Education, The University of Utah Confucius Center,
The Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation

JUN 07-11 | China Past and Present

An intenstive introduction to the history and culture of China from ancient times to the present, exploring various aspects of Chinese ethics, politics, literature, society, and popular culture.

JUN 14-17 | Reconstructing Utah’s History

An introduction to key themes in Utah history, including Native American migrations to the state, Spanish incursions, the arrival of Mormon refugees, the Utah War, and the impact of World War II.

JUN 21-25 | The Vietnam War

Drawing on new research from the past decade, teachers in this workshop will gain insight into the international context and ramifications of the war, in addition to tools on teaching this subject to their students.

JUN 28 - JUL 02 | The American Revolution

A workshop designed to help teachers think about the American Revolution in different ways to help them better understand the historical process, the fundamentals of events that form the foundation of the United States, and how the Revolution experience resonantes with contemporary events and issues.

JUL 12-16 | Children’s Literature

Studying children’s literature helps us reflect on our notions of children and childhood, enhances and strengthens learning and relationship in the classroom, and how it can help children connect their learning to meaningful parts of their lives.

JUL 26-30 | French and Francophone Studies in Society and Culture

A course designed to help teachers maintain their French language skills, become better acquainted with important aspects of French and Francophone literature, culture, and history, in addition to many other skills to serve the teachers in their classrooms.

JUL 26-30 | Empowering students today with lessons from history: Centennial of the Mexican Revolution

A three-day workshop exploring the ways Mexican history can empower studetns of allbackgrounds in Utah classrooms.

AUG 02-06 | Exploring German Literature and Culture: Austria

Participants will learn about Austrian literature, history, contemporary life, politics, and culture.  Participants will develop course materials to use in their classrooms.

AUG 02-06 | Utopias and Dystopias in the Spanish-Speaking World: Twentieth Century through the Present

A language immersion workshop acquainting teachers with the frameworks of utopia and dystopia to study representations of society in Spanish and Latin American literature and culture.

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