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2016 Summer Institute for Educators

Global Issues in Local Contexts: Turning International Journalism into Teachable Lessons

 

Conflict and international migration. Consumption and waste. Environmental degradation and conservation. No matter where we live, these issues affect our lives. But how do these issues manifest differently around the world? How do global issues connect to local contexts? How are contemporary challenges handled in different places around the world? And how can we present these important topics to students in ways that will both engage them and connect them to the larger world?

This two-day professional development workshop brought together award-winning journalists supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and digital educational resources created by Pulitzer Center and UChicago to address the incorporation of current global issues in the classroom. The program included a combination of presentations and hands-on curriculum building activities. Participants acquired tools to incorporate new content into their classes, as well as connections to journalists working on these issues.

Intended for elementary through community college educators (K–14), the Summer Teacher Institute was open to all interested parties. Attendees earned up to 12 professional development hours by completing the Institute.

Presenters

Eleanor Bell

Online ProjectFatal Extraction: Australian Mining in Africa

Eleanor Bell is a video journalist, broadcaster and multimedia producer with a focus on social and economic equity issues. She joined the Center for Public Integrity’s digital team as Multimedia Editor in April 2014. Originally from New Zealand, Eleanor worked for many years at the ABC, Australia’s national public broadcaster where, in 2011, her investigative multimedia report into urban social disadvantage was awarded Australia’s highest journalism honor, the Walkley Award.


Alexandria Bombach

Online ProjectAfghanistan by Choice

Alexandria Bombach is an award-winning filmmaker from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Alexandria founded her production company RED REEL in 2009 and set out to make 23 FEET; a documentary about people living a simple life to do what they love in the outdoors. Her feature-length documentary FRAME BY FRAME had its world premiere at SXSW in 2015 and has won more than 15 festival awards. The film follows the lives of four Afghan photojournalists who are facing the realities of building Afghanistan’s first free press.


Dominic Bracco II

Online ProjectsDeclining Violence in Ciudad Juarez, MexicoHondruas: “Aqui Vivimos”Mexico: Emptying the World’s AquariumLos Ninis: Mexico’s Lost Generation

Dominic Bracco II is a photographer who explores the effects of global economics on local communities. Clients include The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Dominic is also a founding member of the collective Prime. He is based in Mexico City.


Karim Chrobog

Online Project: Wasted

Karim Chrobog is an award-winning filmmaker. He started his career at Time Warner’s international public policy office where he worked with the company’s Warner Bros., HBO, and Turner divisions. His debut film War Child chronicles the life story of Emmanuel Jal, a former South Sudanese child soldier who became an international hip-hop artist. War Child premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and is the winner of over 18 international film awards.


Eli Kintisch

Online ProjectThawing Arctic Soils: A Tenuous Present and a Dangerous Future

Eli Kintisch is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine. A two-time MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow, he covers climate change, oceans, the Arctic and has written for SlateNautilusNew Scientist and the Los Angeles Times.


Fareed Moustoufi

Fareed Moustoufi, Senior Education Manager, is part of the education team at Pulitzer Center, where he focuses on designing classroom resources and connecting journalists to students. He has been a freelance curriculum writer for Pulitzer Center for several years, but he joins the team after working for nearly four years as a theater artist and educator in the Community Engagement department at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. He is passionate about social justice and is a firm believer in the power of storytelling to cultivate empathy.


Lauren Shepherd

Lauren Shepherd, Outreach Coordinator, is part of the education team, working to engage students at the secondary and post-secondary levels with global journalism, community awareness, and reporting skills. We bring journalists to campuses and classrooms throughout the U.S. who mentor and inspire students and educators through journalism workshops, photography field trips, professional development, and international reporting fellowships for college students. In California, she worked as a freelance journalist, covering education, the arts, and local politics for outlets including the Orange County Register, Patch.com, and the New University. Writing these articles has shaped the way Lauren relates to members of her community as well as farther reaches of the globe.


Robin Shulman

Online ProjectCanadian Citizens Sponsor Syrian Refugees

Robin Shulman is a freelance journalist based in New York City. She has reported on immigration, education, food, the environment, poverty, urban policy, and other issues in U.S. cities, the Middle East, and other parts of the world. She is most drawn to stories about the resourceful ways people solve and transcend problems. Her work has appeared on WNYC/New York Public Radio, and in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian and other publications.


Emily Teeter

Emily Teeter, PhD, is an Egyptologist at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, specializing in the religion, social history, and the material culture of ancient Egypt. She has written a wide variety of popular and scholarly articles and published many books, including Baked Clay Figurines and Votive Beds from Medinet Habu, Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt, and Egypt and the Egyptians. She has curated many permanent and temporary exhibits of Egyptian artifacts in major museums in the United States. Dr. Teeter has conducted fieldwork in Alexandria, Giza, and Luxor, and she has appeared on many television programs about Egypt.

Other Resources

We’ve put together some helpful resources to help educate faculty and students about different global issues, including the environment, violence, immigration, and refugees. The sites listed represent a diverse array of perspectives on these issues as they play out around the world.

Schedule & Resources

JUNE 27 • Day 1

9:00-9:15 AM   Welcome

Alexander Barna (Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago)

9:15-9:45 AM   Introduction and Welcoming Activities

Fareed Mostoufi (Senior Education Manager, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)
Lauren Shepherd (Outreach Coordinator, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

9:45-10:30 AM   “Violence and the Lives of Youth in Mexico and Honduras”

Dominic Bracco II (Journalist)

10:30-10:45 AM   Break

10:45-11:30 AM  “The Impacts of Climate Change on the Arctic”

Eli Kintisch (Journalist)

11:35-11:55 AM   “Australian Mining Companies in Africa”

Eleanor Bell (Journalist)

11:55-12:15 PM   “Food Waste in DC and South Korea”

Karim Chrobog (Journalist)

12:15-1:15 PM   Lunch

1:15-1:30 PM   Reflection and Brainstorming Curricular Connections

Fareed Mostoufi (Senior Education Manager, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

1:30-2:00 PM   Using Multimedia to Report on the Goods We Consume—Q&A

Eleanor Bell (Journalist)
Karim Chrobog (Journalist)

2:00-2:45 PM   “Afghanistan by Choice”

Alexandria Bombach (Journalist)

2:25-2:45 PM   “Canadian Citizens Sponsoring Syrian Refugees”

Robin Shulman (Journalist)

2:45-3:00 PM   Break

3:00-3:30 PM   Investigating and Communicating the Human Impacts of Conflict—Q&A

Alexandria Bombach (Journalist)
Robin Shulman (Journalist)

3:30-3:45 PM   Closing Reflection

Fareed Mostoufi (Senior Education Manager, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)
Lauren Shepherd (Outreach Coordinator, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

3:45-4:00 PM   Day 1 Evaluations and Distribution of PD Credits

Alexander Barna (Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago)

 

JUNE 28 • Day 2

9:00-9:15 AM   Welcome

9:15-9:45 AM   Reflection on Day 1 and Brainstorming Connection to Curriculum

Fareed Mostoufi (Senior Education Manager, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

9:45-10:30 AM   Researching and Writing Like a Journalist

Robin Shulman (Journalist)

10:30-10:40 AM   Break

10:40-11:15 AM   “Thinking Like a Journalist” Reporting Exercise

Fareed Mostoufi (Senior Education Manager, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)
Lauren Shepherd (Outreach Coordinator, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

11:15-12:00 PM   Globalizing Curriculum by Connection to Journalism

Fareed Mostoufi (Senior Education Manager, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

12:00-12:45 PM   Lunch

12:45-1:45 PM   Connecting Global Issues to Curriculum

Group 1: Writing a Lesson Plan/Unit Plan Connected to Global Journalism
Group 2: Engaging Journalism Skills at the Oriental Institute, Tour by Emily Teeter (Research Associate and Special Exhibits Coordinator)

1:45-2:45 PM   Connecting Global Issues to Curriculum

Group 1: Engaging Journalism Skills at the Oriental Institute, Tour by Emily Teeter (Research Associate and Special Exhibits Coordinator)
Group 2: Writing a Lesson Plan/Unit Plan Connected to Global Journalism

2:45-3:15 PM   Working Groups: finalize plans for a unit/lesson utilizing global issues that participants can use next year

3:15-3:30 PM   Closing Reflection and Next Steps

Fareed Mostoufi (Senior Education Manager, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)
Lauren Shepherd (Outreach Coordinator, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

3:30-4:00 PM   Day 2 Evaluations and Distribution of PD Credits

Alexander Barna (Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago)

The Institute is presented by the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Neighborhood Schools Program, Oriental Institute, and UChicago Engages, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. It is made possible through generous support from the Title VI National Resource Center grants from the US Department of Education.

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