The Global Rise of Disinformation in Times of Conflict

In these uncertain times, often made more fraught through the proliferation of misinformation and the purposeful deployment of disinformation,  it is more important than ever to foster understanding of diverse perspectives both domestically and from across the globe. What are the differences between misinformation and disinformation? How do they each operate in conflict environments?  The University of Chicago Educator Outreach Program, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, is excited to announce a four-part, educator professional development series The Global Rise of Disinformation in Times of Conflict, from June 20-23 (virtual) and on June 28 (in-person).

Global and Local Inequities: Reflections of the COVID-19 Pandemic

JUNE 23-24 & 28-29, 2021: This multi-day virtual conference for educators brings together award-winning journalists supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and digital educational resources created by Pulitzer Center and UChicago to highlight global inequalities that COVID-19 has exacerbated. From the quelling of Hong Kong’s protest movement to the healthcare crisis among undocumented migrants in Bosnia-Herzegovina and issues of governance in the Arab world, conference sessions will explore the far-reaching impacts of the global pandemic on pre-existing disparities across the world.

Democracy in Recession

OCTOBER 22, 26 & NOVEMBER 6, 9, 2020: Is democracy in recession around the world, or is it striking back? Democracy worldwide is under assault by a spectrum of authoritarian regimes. Their anti-democratic toolbox varies from voter suppression to media control and state-sanctioned violence, but protesters and activists around the world are using some of the same technological tools to fight for freedom of assembly and expression. This series of region-specific lectures and concluding workshop is designed to give teachers tools for introducing these regions and their issues into the classroom, as well as project ideas to further enrich their students.

Resources from Past Programs

Explore videos, articles, lesson plans, and curriculum development ideas from past University of Chicago Summer Institutes for Educators and International Education Conferences.

Welcome to UChicago Educator Outreach

The University of Chicago offers a wide variety of programming for K-12 and post-secondary educators and their students through many different organizations on campus such as the area studies centers, the Smart Museum of Art, the Oriental Institute and the Neighborhood Schools Program. This site is a collaborative effort by these affiliates to make it easy to stay informed about professional development programs and to connect to resources. A brief summary of this website’s navigation menu:

  • Educator Programs: Browse our upcoming and past programs, which includes the Summer Institute for Educators and International Education Conference.
  • Teaching Materials: Search for classroom resources (readings, presentations, images, video) by keyword categories⁠.
  • Campus Resources: Learn more about the museums and organizations at the University of Chicago that provide K-12 and City Colleges resources.
  • Contact Us: Contact an outreach coordinator at one of our centers to discuss collaboration, find a speaker or student assistant for your class, or suggest a new resource.

We’re glad you found us and we look forward to hearing from you!