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1. Gaining Cultural Familiarity: Understanding Differences and Similarities

Students will be able to recognize differences and similarities between their own lives and the lives of other children living in a different country. Students will also be able to value the differences that may seem strange to them by allowing themselves to walk in the shoes of other children, and to think about similarities as well as differences.

2. Tropical Ecology in Panama: Classroom Curriculum for Teachers and Students

Tropical forests are charismatic ecosystems, and are ideal for capturing the imagination of school-age students. The incredibly high levels of diversity, the myriad of interesting life-history strategies, and the charismatic fauna and flora found in tropical forests can act as a hook to catch the interest and imagination of students who otherwise have few opportunities to view the world of science

3. Macedonia: A Curriculum Guide for Secondary School Teachers

This curriculum guide for high school classes provides the following information: • A description of the unique traits of Macedonian culture. • A description of the effects of political, economic, and cultural changes and how these changes shape present-day Macedonia. • Identification and explanation of the contributions of key historical individuals and groups in politics, sc

4. Texts and Contexts: Teaching Japan through Children’s Literature

The Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado announces new online curriculum designed to enhance students' knowledge and skills in literacy and communication while building their understanding of Japan through literature-based cross-curricular instruction. These K-6 lessons are teacher-developed, standards-based, and cross-curricular. Each of the six lessons features an authen

5. Western Europe's World Court & Human Rights

Introduction to human rights and the world court.

6. Understanding Russian History through Literature

This workshop presentation, which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page, provides an introduction to the history of Russia in the first half of the 20th century through its works of literature, including a discussion of Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago, Zoshchenko’s satirical short stories, and Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.

7. Turkey: A Curriculum Guide for Secondary School Teachers

A description of the unique traits of Turkish culture. A description of the effects of political, economic, and cultural changes and how these changes shape present-day Turkey. Identification and explanation of the contributions of key historical individuals and groups in politics, science, the arts, and religion in Turkey. Examination of the evolving economic and political systems of Turkey, and

8. Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Curriculum Guide for Secondary School Teachers

Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Curriculum Guide for Secondary School Teachers was created to provide information on the historical and contemporary development of the Bosnian nation, and in so doing, to assist teachers in meeting some of the criteria indicated in the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Academic Standard Guidelines (http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state

9. Global Connections: Trade, Technology, and Food - Slave to Chocolate

This lesson covers a 90-minute block period for high school students, which ties into a larger unit on persuasive writing. Students will learn elements of persuasive writing with a specific focus on point-of-view, citing examples and counter claim while studying an overview of the history of cocoa trade and the current controversy of bonded labor in the cocoa production. Students will understand e

10. Restoring Women to World Studies

Restoring Women to World Studies introduces the notion of gender as a key social category and patriarchy as an important organizing structure in many societies and cultures. The unit then examines these concepts within case studies from the four regions. Each case study is meant to encourage students to address questions about gender roles in the different societies, either in a particular histori

11. Russian Films for Youth and Beginning Students of Russian

A list of youth- and beginner-friendly film titles available from the audiovisual collection of Indiana University's Russian and East European Institute.

12. Japan Culture Kits

The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at University of Michigan has a variety of “Japan Kits” available for educators nationwide.

13. Korea study-tour short movies

Sampling of scenes and people of South Korea as part of 2005 Korea Society annual workshop for teachers.

14. Short movies - Japanese interviews

April 1998 the author made a series of short interviews with English-speaking Japanese friends in rural west Japan. The VHS edition is now viewable on video.google.com

15. Panorama views - Japan 2009

Wide views and brief comments from the main and north islands, March - June 2009 using photo-stitching (Autostitch).

16. Women's Rights in Morocco: Assessing the Impact of the 2004 Family Code

In February 2004 Morocco’s new Moudawana, or Family Law Code, went into effect and introduced the first truly significant reforms to the laws governing marriage, divorce, child custody and guardianship, marital property, and inheritance since it was originally promulgated in the late 1950s following independence from the French. In the West the Moudawana has been hailed as a victory for wom

17. South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy

Web resource: http://www.overcomingapartheid.msu.edu An online educational resource designed especially for high school and teachers. The site contains original video interviews with 45 South African activists, along with 140 segments from these interviews organized topically. The site also contains narrative for eight chronological units, original essays, historical documents, rare photographs,

18. Russian Foreign Policy: Europe and Asia

Activities for older students.

19. Ethnolinguistic Groups in the Caucasus Region

Classroom exercise for younger students focusing on ethnolinguistic groups in the Caucasus region.

20. Conflict Resolution in South Ossetia

A debate exercise for older students focusing on conflict resolution in Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia.

21. Iceland: The Energy-Culture Connection

Understanding of Iceland’s Land Formation, Geography, History, culture and how technological inventions affect people and cultures through the ages.

22. Journey for the 'Occidental Citizen': Learning about the Role of Islam in Germany & the European Community

Exploring Islam in Germany

23. Magic Carpet: Turkish Carpets

This section is a literal take on the magic carpet metaphor. It examines the Turkish carpet industry and the information sheet offers a detailed resource on the subject. The lesson plan and the fun craft project are ways of looking at the more involved aspects of carpet weaving, the traditional motifs used and the use of traditional colors, patterns etc.

24. Decorative Arts in the Middle East

Curriculum unit on the decorative arts in the Middle East

25. The Day the Sun Doesn't Rise

Video presentation by Clyde Prestowitz (President, Economic Strategy Institute, Washington DC), presented as part of the Center for Advanced Study's "Science and Technology in the Pacific Rim (STIP)" lecture series, 2007.

26. Nations of Immigrants

Video presentation by Donna Gabaccia (Director, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota), presented as part of the Center for Advanced Study's "Immigration: History and Policy" series, 2008.

27. The New Immigrant Workforce: Unions, Community and the American Dream

Video presentation by Eliseo Medina (Vice-president, Service Employees' International Union, Washington DC), presented as part of the Center for Advanced Study's "Immigration: History and Policy" lecture series, 2007.

28. Global, Local and Personal: Understanding the History of Immigration to the US in the 20th Century

Video presentation by Jim Barret, presented as part of the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois' "Immigration: History and Policy" lecture series, 2007.

29. Immigration

Panel presentation on immigration policy, presented as part of the Center for Advanced Study's "Forum on Critical Issues Series" at the University of Illinois, January, 2006.

30. Information Technology and the Dream of Democratic Renewal

A colorful theme in American thought is the belief that new technologies will revitalize democratic society, enabling citizens to become more effectively self-governing. Hopes of this kind have reappeared in every generation since the early nineteenth century, a standard motif in the nation’s political rhetoric. With the arrival of digital technology and the Internet, this enduring vision ha

31. The Food vs. Fuel Debate: Food Security and International Policy

Audio/video presentation by Professor Burton Swanson, presented as part of the "Global Demand for Biofuels" workshop at the University of Illinois, June 2008.

32. Impacts of Biofuel Production on Water Resources

Slide presentation by George Czapar, presented as part of the "Global Demand for Biofuels" workshop at the University of Illinois, June 2008.

33. The Global Demand for Biofuels: Thermochemical Processing and Utilization of Biomass

PowerPoint presentation by Ted Funk, presented as part of the "Global Demand for Biofuels" workshop at the University of Illinois, June 2008.

34. The Ecology of Biofuels

Slide presentation by Andrew Leakey, presented as part of the "Global Demand for Biofuels" workshop at the University of Illinois, June 2008.

35. Miscanthus and Switchgrass Trials in Illinois

Slide presentation by Frank Dohleman, presented as part of the "Global Demand for Biofuels" workshop at the University of Illinois, June 2008.

36. Biochemical Biofuels Processing and Coproducts

Slide presentation by Vijay Singh, presented as part of the "Global Demand for Biofuels" workshop at the University of Illinois, June 2008.

37. Status, Evolution and the Impacts of the Biofuels Industry

Slide presentation by Brian Wrenn, presented as part of the "Global Demand for Biofuels" workshop at the University of Illinois, June 2008.

38. Biofuel and World Commodity Markets

PowerPoint presentation by Chris Hurt, presented as part of the "Global Demand for Biofuels" workshop at the University of Illinois, June 2008.

39. Managing Startups

Georges Harik, employee number 7 of Google gives an illuminating talk drawing on his experiences at Google.

40. Some Hard Truths You Should Know about Global Warming

This document is the first in a quarterly series of Policy Briefs published by the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois. This edition focuses upon global climate change. Michael Schlesinger is Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois.

41. Engendering the Biofuels Debate

A presentation by Gale Summerfield as part of the "Sustainable Biofuels and Human Security" workshop at the University of Illinois, May 2008.

42. Distributional and Price Effects of Biofuels

A presentation by David Zilberman as part of the "Sustainable Biofuels and Human Security" workshop at the University of Illinois, May 2008.

43. From Biomass to Biofuels, from Cookstoves to Cars: Impatcs on the World's Poor

Presentation by Irene Tinker, as a part of the "Sustainable Biofuels and Human Security" workshop at the University of Illinois, May 2008.

44. The Need for Explicitly Pro-Poor Business Models for Sustainable Bio-Energy Development

Presentation by Russel J. deLucia as part of the "Sustainable Biofuels and Human Security" workshop at the University of Illinois, May 2008.

45. Biofuels and the Global Food Economy

Presentation by Siwa Msangi as part of the "Sustainable Biofuels and Human Security" workshop at the University of Illinois, May 2008.

46. Greenhouse Gas Effects of Global Biofuel Expansion

Lecture presentation by Tim Searchinger offering an alternative view to the notion that biofuels can solve the current energy and food crises. Part of the "Sustainable Biofuels and Human Security" workshop at Illinois University, May 2008.

47. Bosnia and Herzegovina

A curriculum guide for high school teachers on the history, politics, and culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Also appropriate for introductory college-level use.

48. China as a Regional and Rising Global Power: Implications for the United States

In this presentation, Edward Kolodziej considers the current US policy towards China as an international, economic and political power.

49. Globalization and Language Endangerment: Africa vs. The Americas

Although English is indeed now spreading rapidly all over the world, it is not necessarily endangering the indigenous vernaculars of the populations that have been embracing it as an international lingua franca. Much of this has to do with the fact that globalization is far from being a uniform phenomenon and has in fact created more socio-economic inequities around the world. In this lecture, Muf

50. Global Africa: Whence its Past? Whither its Future?

One should not speak of the African diaspora as a singular, unified experience. There are myriad components and contexts to the dispersal of Africans since the fifteenth century. This lecture will assess debates over convergences and divergences, such as debates over identity (including creolization, African-centeredness, New World, among others), routes vs. roots, and the contribution of cultural


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