2013 Summer Teacher Institute - Natural Disasters and Social Responses: a Global Perspective

Photo of tsunami devastation courtesy of The Kahoku Shimpo, Sendai, Japan.

This interdisciplinary 3-day institute explored the challenges involved in understanding and responding to natural disasters around the globe.

Faculty, staff, and graduate students from the University of Chicago and other educational institutions spoke each day. This program was intended primarily for elementary through community college educators, but open to all interested parties. Each theme was addressed through a series of presentations and discussions of curriculum development.



K-12 Lesson Plans


JULY 9 • Defining and Anticipating Disaster
JULY 10 • Engaging Crisis
JULY 11 • Hidden Costs and Long-Term Effects

The 2013 Summer Teacher Institute was presented by the University of Chicago Center for International Studies and co-sponsored by the Program on the Global Environment, the Center for East Asian Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Southern Asia at Chicago, the Smart Museum, the Oriental Institute, and the Center for Global Health.