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Past International Education Conferences


Beyond the Headlines: The Russia-Ukraine War and Its Global Impacts
February 3, 2023
Our morning session will center on voices from Ukraine, including a high school teacher, so as to better understand the current situation in Ukraine. Our afternoon session will bring together a diverse group of scholars and experts to better contextualize the global impacts of the war on agriculture, energy, and the refugee crisis.

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.

The Hot Topic: Strategies for Teaching Global Climate Change
November 8, 2019
How do you teach the biggest, most complicated, and most pressing issue of our age?  The 12th Annual University of Chicago International Education Conference “The Hot Topic: Strategies for Teaching Global Climate Change” will explore methods and topics for teaching climate change to both STEM and non-STEM classes.  Our group of distinguished speakers will approach the subject from the perspective of cutting-edge science, classroom demonstrations, political science and economics, and social justice.

Press Play: Globalizing Your Classroom Through Film
February 1, 2019
The 11th Annual International Education Conference “Press Play > Globalizing Your Classroom Through Film” will explore how educators can utilize films to bring international content into their classrooms. Whether it be narrative features, documentaries, or student-created projects, film can be a powerful tool in demonstrating how a single story can elucidate the larger human condition. Come and learn how film can provide a global lens for your students to examine their world.

The Digital Museum and Library: Reconstructing International and Intercultural Collections in the Online Space
November 3, 2017
The 10th University of Chicago International Education Conference explored how K-16 educators can use museum and library resources to internationalize lesson plans, units, courses, and curricula. The morning sessions were led by Claire Moore and Megan Kuensting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s School and Educator Programs department. The afternoon featured presentations from Professor Susan Burns, Director of the University of Chicago’s Center for East Asian Studies; Heidi Rouleau, School Learning Experiences Manager at The Field Museum; and Naomi Priddy, Multicultural Learning Librarian at the Oak Park Public Library.

Power in Transition: International Politics and Troubled Elections
November 4, 2016
Karl Rahder, independent scholar and journalist, and Maria Casa, Director, National Program & Outreach Administration at the Council on Foreign Relations led the 9th International Education Conference. At the conference, educators learned new ways to bring international politics into their classrooms and engage their students in the role of elections throughout the world. Through dynamic presentations, dialogues, and classroom activities, teachers gained practical and innovative curriculum ideas to guide students to make connections to the larger stories of the world.

Sensing Place, Sharing Stories: Global Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom
April 8, 2016
Don Belt, Professor of Journalism at the University of Richmond and former Senior Editor, National Geographic magazine, discussed how educators can incorporate journalistic method and techniques into the secondary and post-secondary classroom in order to cultivate global literacy.

Problem Solving: Classroom, Community & the World
November 7, 2014
Through presentations and discussions, the 2014 IEC linked curriculua that address global issues—world conflicts, human rights, climate change—and problem-solving strategies applicable to everyday dilemmas that students confront.

Global Citizenship
November 1, 2013
The theme of the 6th IEC was Global Citizenship. Through presentations and discussions on this theme, the conference explored strategies for K-12 teachers and administrators to engage students and internationalize classrooms.

Bringing Global Education into the Classroom
November 9, 2012
The 5th IEC explored new methods for bringing global education into existing K-12 and post-secondary curricula.

Educating for Global Competence
November 18, 2011
The 4th IEC provided K-12 and post-secondary educators and administrators with information on internationalizing their curricula. Attendees received a copy of Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World. Participants worked in breakout sessions, divided by subject area, to learn about new ways to create engaging learning experiences through internationalizing classroom lessons.

3rd Annual International Education Conference
October 22, 2010
The 3rd IEC provided K-12 teachers and administrators with information and concrete tools for internationalizing their curricula. Presentations were made by Sister Schools Abroad, World Art Chicago, Global Classrooms, World Chicago, the Fulbright Association, and the CPS Office of Service Learning. The afternoon consisted of two separate sessions for middle and high school teachers.