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14th Chicago International Education Conference

Beyond the Headlines: The Russia-Ukraine War and Its Global Impacts (2023)

UChicago Educator Outreach invites you to join us for the 14th Annual UChicago International Education Conference: “Beyond the Headlines: The Russia-Ukraine War and its Global Impacts.” 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.

Attendees will receive classroom-ready materials on the Russia-Ukraine War to engage students in this pressing world issue. Illinois educators in attendance will receive CPDU credits for participation.

Educators Registration HERE
UChicago Students ONLY Registration HERE
In-person event


Anne-Michele Boyle

Global Citizenship & World History Teacher, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

Anne-Michele Boyle has taught at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School since 2006. She teaches AP World History and Global Citizenship, a service-oriented Sustainable Development focused course that she developed. In addition to teaching, she sponsors the Fair Trade Club, Girl Up Club, Dolphin Destinations and serves on the Local School Council.  Prior to pursuing her career in education, she worked in Marketing/Advertising at the Chicago Tribune.  Anne-Michele is a Fulbright TGC 2021 Fellow and lives with her husband and three kids in the Edison Park neighborhood of Chicago. When she isn’t teaching or learning, she enjoys reading novels, practicing yoga and spending time with family and friends.  

Daniel Brumberg

Associate Professor and Director of Democracy & Governance Studies, Georgetown University

Daniel Brumberg is Senior Advisor to, and Co-Founder of, the Democracy and Governance MA Program at Georgetown University. A Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Washington DC-based Arab Center, previously he was Special Adviser at  the United States Institute of Peace. He is also a  Visiting Professor of Kuwait/Gulf Studies at Science Po in Paris. Prior to coming to Georgetown University he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at Emory University, a Visiting Fellow in the Middle East Program in the Jimmy Carter Center, and a Lecturer at  the University of Chicago’s Social Science Masters Program. Brumberg, who earned his PhD at UChicago in 1991,  has published seminal articles on dynamics of political, social and economic change in the Middle East and wider Muslim World. His work has appeared in leading print and on-line journals including the Journal of Democracy, foreignpolicy.com,  Responsible Statecraft, and theatlantic.com.  His books include Reinventing Khomeini, The Struggle for Reform in Iran, (University of Chicago Press) Identity and Reform in the Muslim World, Challenges for US Engagement (USIP Press), co-edited with Dinah Shehata, and most recently, Power and Political Change in Iran, (co-edited with Farideh Farhi and published by Indiana University Press). Brumberg has served as a consultant to the US Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development focusing on human rights, security sector reform, and governance issues in the Arab world, Turkey and Iran. He has lived or conducted field research in France, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, and Indonesia. In addition to his work on the Middle East, Brumberg also had taught courses on the problem of polarization in the United States and other countries, and is co-creator of the In Your Shoes project, a Georgetown University initiative that uses performance and theater techniques to encourage college students to reach across ideological, social and identity divides. He speaks French, Arabic and Hebrew and lives in Washington DC with his wife, Laurie, and their two cats, Jazzpurr and Bisou. Most importantly, their son Gabriel is a freshman this year at UChicago!

Sherry Keneson-Hall

Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Europe and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Sherry Keneson-Hall is a career Public Diplomacy Officer currently serving in the Bureau of Europe and Eurasian Affairs as the Director for the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy.  She previously served in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as the Branch Chief for European and Eurasian (EUR) Fulbright Programs. She has previously served as the Assistant Public Affairs Officer in Conakry, Guinea; the Assistant Press Officer at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium; the Cultural Affairs Officer in both Sofia, Bulgaria and Prague, Czech Republic, and as the Public Affairs Officer in The Hague, the Netherlands. Before joining the Department of State, she worked as a reporter for the Daily Independent newspaper in Ashland, Kentucky. She holds an associate’s degree from Ashland Community College (ACC), a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Marshall University, and a master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Rhode Island.  She resides in Reston, Virginia with her husband Brian and two sons. She enjoys hiking and running.

Yulia Nikul

English Teacher, Lubny Specialist School 6

Yulia Nikul has been teaching English at Lubny Specialized School 6 in Ukraine for 22 years. She is also Assistant Principal and is in charge of Foreign Languages Department which consists of 17 teachers. In addition to teaching and administrating, she does some research work, is a school newspaper chief editor, runs a Euro Club “Link” and an English Speaking Club. She also facilitates international connections between the teachers and students of her school and partners in the world. She is currently involved in Generation Global, Go Camp, and EnGin international educational programs. Yuliia Nikul is a TEA Fulbright 2011 Alumnus and lives with her husband and two daughters in Lunby, Ukraine. Her interests include reading, gardening, travelling, singing and performing.

Eugene Raikhel

Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago; Director, University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies

Eugene Raikhel is a cultural and medical anthropologist with interests encompassing the anthropology of science, biomedicine and psychiatry; addiction and its treatment; suggestion and healing; and post-socialist transformations in Eurasia. He is particularly concerned with the circulation of new forms of knowledge and clinical intervention produced by biomedicine, neuroscience and psychiatry. His work follows therapeutic technologies as they move both from “bench to bedside” and from one cultural or institutional setting to another, examining how they intersect with the lives of practitioners and patients. Professor Raikhel’s Governing Habits: Treating Alcoholism in the Post-Soviet Clinic was published by Cornell University Press in the Fall of 2016. Based on fourteen months of fieldwork in St. Petersburg among institutions dealing with substance abuse, this book examines the political-economic, epidemiological and clinical changes that have transformed the knowledge and medical management of alcoholism and addiction in Russia over the past twenty years. Two new projects, both based largely in North America, are in an earlier stage of development. The first of these, a collaboration with Stephanie Lloyd (Laval University) and researchers in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, examines the emerging field of “behavioral epigenetics,” with a particular focus on research about suicidal risk. They are in the process of carrying out an ethnographic study to examine how neuroscientists, geneticists and psychiatrists draw upon the latest scientific knowledge to explain suicide, and how family members, in turn, take up these explanations. He has also begun a second project, which will examine how contemporary logics, practices and politics of mental health and illness intersect with class distinctions and aspirations for upward mobility among undergraduates in the United States.

Susanne Wengle

NR Dreux Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

Susanne Wengle is NR Dreux Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Her research examines Eurasian agriculture and food systems, and other aspects of the post-Soviet transformation, including the creation of energy markets, the effects of sanctions, welfare reforms, and the politics of expertise. Her recent book, Black Earth, White Bread, is an interdisciplinary history of the Soviet and Russian agriculture and food systems that documents interactions between political projects, technological improvements and quotidian practices.

Elizabeth Wishnick

Senior Research Scientist in the China and Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Division at the Center for Naval Analyses

Elizabeth Wishnick is a Senior Research Scientist in the China and Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Division at the Center for Naval Analyses, on leave from her position as Professor of Political Science at Montclair State University. Dr. Wishnick also is a Senior Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, and an Affiliate Researcher at the Center for Arctic Resilience in the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Dr. Wishnick has dual regional expertise on China and Russia and is an expert on Chinese foreign policy, Sino-Russian relations, Asian security (including Taiwan and Russia), and Arctic geopolitics. Her book project, China’s Risk China’s Risk: Oil, Water, Food and Regional Security (forthcoming Columbia University Press) addresses the security consequences of energy, water and food risks in China for its Eurasian neighbors, a topic she explores in a related policy blog, www.chinasresourcerisks.com. She received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University, and a B.A. from Barnard College.  She speaks Chinese, Russian, and French and recently spent six months in Vladivostok, Russia, Shanghai, China, and Almaty, Kazakhstan as a part of a Fulbright Global Scholar award.


NOTE: All dates and times listed below are in U.S. Central Time


Swift Hall Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor, 1025 E. 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637

8:30-9:00 AM   Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:15 AM   Welcome Remarks

9:15-10:15 AM   Keynote Lecture

Sherry Keneson-Hall (Public Diplomacy Officer, Bureau of Europe and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State)

10:15-10:30 AM   Break

10:30-11:45 AM   Ukraine-U.S. Virtual Classroom Exchange

Yulia Nikul (English Teacher & Assistant Principal, Lubny Specialized School 6, Lubny, Ukraine)
Anne-Michele Boyle (Global Citizenship & World History Teacher, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, Chicago, U.S.)

11:45-12:30 PM   Lunch

12:30-1:45 PM   Roundtable on Global Impacts of Russia-Ukraine War

MODERATOR: Eugene Raikhel (Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago; Director, University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies)

Daniel Brumberg (Associate Professor and Director of Democracy & Governance Studies, Georgetown University)
Susanne Wengle (NR Dreux Associate Professor of Political Science, Notre Dame University)
Elizabeth Wishnick (Senior Research Scientist, China and Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Division, Center for Naval Analyses)

1:45-2:00 PM   Break

2:00-2:30 PM   Closing

This conference is presented by the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Neighborhood Schools Program with support from Title VI National Resource Center Grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact uchicagoeducatoroutreach@gmail.com in advance.