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2018 Summer Institute for Educators

Think Like a Journalist: Connecting the World to Your Classroom with Global News


June 25–26, 2018 | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
University of Chicago
Saieh Hall Room 146
1160 E. 58th Street

Non-refundable registration fee includes light breakfast and lunch both days, and instructional materials.

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 assessment of news sources, integration of global news into diverse curricula, and application of journalism skills in the classroom to teach critical thinking, creativity and communication. The program included a combination of presentations and hands-on activities. Participants left with the tools to incorporate new content into their classes, as well as connections to journalists working on these issues. 

Some examples of world areas and topics that were explored this summer include: youth activism and political conflict in Iran; migration and left-behind children in rural China; economic and political conflicts in Venezuela; economic and global health issues in Russia, as well as the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Intended for elementary through community college educators (K-14), the Summer Institute for Educators is open to all interested parties. Attendees earned up to 12 PD hours/CPDUs by completing the Institute.

In providing this professional development opportunity for local educators, we hope Institute participants will gain tools to:

  • Investigate the process of reporting global news—How do journalists navigate bias when reporting? How do we connect students to sources they can trust and that engage them?
  • Explore methods for integrating global journalism into their current curricula by connecting global news to students’ lived experiences.
  • Reflect on how journalism skills can support literacy, writing, discussion and research skills and lead students in applying journalism skills to research topics that interest them.  

We invite educators to consider the following guiding questions before, during, and after the Institute:

  • How interested are my students in global issues?
  • Why is it important for students to investigate global issues?
  • What are the barriers to connecting students with global issues, and how do we overcome those barriers?
  • How are my students accessing the news?
  • How can my students positively contribute to the global media landscape as both consumers and producers of online content?

Overall, the 2018 Summer Institute for Educators has six general goals. Teachers will:

  1. Discover reporting to share with their students and develop a plan to bring that reporting into their curricula
  2. Create warm up and extension exercises that connect global reporting to their curricula
  3. Feel comfortable exploring the Pulitzer Center site for additional reporting that can be used to further students’ learning goals
  4. Explore ways to use journalism to teach research skills, text analysis skills, media literacy skills and global competency skills
  5. Brainstorm methods for increasing students’ access to the world through engagement with global news
  6. Have fun!

Fareed Mostoufi

Fareed Mostoufi 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. While at Arena, Fareed devised and directed original, autobiographical plays with communities in Washington D.C., Peru, India and Croatia that explored violence, health and identity. Before that, Fareed taught ESL and Spanish in D.C. Public Schools. As a recipient of a 2009 Fulbright Scholarship to Argentina, he also taught culture, literature and playwriting at a teachers’ college in San Miguel de Tucuman. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education there, he created the workshop Drama Techniques for English Language Learners, which was presented to more than 400 teachers in the Tucumán province. Fareed received his BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University in 2008 and his MA in Teaching from American University in 2012. He is passionate about social justice and is a firm believer in the power of storytelling to cultivate empathy.

Hannah Berk

Hannah Berk is education coordinator with the Pulitzer Center. Previously, she spent a year teaching English, international issues, and creative writing in a rural community through the Chilean Ministry of Education and served as Digital Editor for Asymptote, an online journal for world literature in translation. She holds a B.A. in Government from the College of William & Mary and an A.A. from Tidewater Community College.

Reese Erlich

Reese Erlich’s history in journalism goes back over 40 years. Today he works as a fulltime, freelance print and broadcast reporter, filing for National Public Radio, CBC Radio, and GlobalPost among others. Erlich won top honors from the Society of Professional Journalists (N. Calif.) in 2012 for his radio documentary on the Syrian uprising. He shared a Peabody Award in 2006 as a segment producer for Crossing East, a radio documentary on the history of Asians in the U.S. His article about the U.S. use of depleted uranium ammunition was voted one of 2003’s “most censored stories” by Project Censored at Sonoma State University. Erlich’s book “\Target Iraq, co-authored with Norman Solomon, was a best seller in 2003. He also published The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis (2007); “Dateline Havana: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Future of Cuba” (2009); and Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence and Empire (2010). His latest book, Syrian Uprising: Assad, the Rebels and U.S. Policy, was published in 2014.

Natalie Keyssar

Natalie Keyssar is an award-winning photojournalist based in New York City. Her work focuses on political unrest, youth culture, and class disparity, primarily in the US and Latin America. Her work has been published in Time, California Sunday Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde M Magazine, and El Pais Semanal among many others, and exhibited in the US and Europe.

Nahal (Halley) Toosi

Nahal (Halley) Toosi is a reporter with Politico, where she writes about foreign policy and national security. Before joining Politico, Toosi spent eight years as a reporter and editor for The Associated Press in New York, Islamabad, Kabul and London. Prior to that, Toosi worked for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where she primarily covered higher education but also managed to report from Iraq, South Korea, Thailand and Germany. Toosi has always had a strong interest in migration and refugee issues. While in Milwaukee, she wrote a series about Hmong refugees. In Pakistan, she covered the human displacement caused by militancy. At Politico, she’s written about the policy and political challenges posed to the United States by the global migration crisis.

Max Duncan

Max Duncan is a British journalist, filmmaker and director of photography, producing documentaries and features with a particular focus on China, where he has worked for almost a decade. His recent work has been featured by media including The Guardian, The New York Times, VICE, Al Jazeera, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and Bloomberg. He previously worked for five years as a video journalist for Reuters news agency, based in Beijing. His work has received a Webby Award, a One World Media Award and been selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick. Max divides his time between China and Europe, and is at home working in Mandarin and Spanish.

Anna Nemtsova

Anna Nemtsova is a Moscow-based correspondent for The Daily Beast, Newsweek magazine and The Fuller Project for International Reporting, covering Russia and the former Soviet states. She also contributes her stories to Politico and Foreign Policy magazines, nbcnews.com, The Guardian, BBC, the Washington Post, Vanity Fairand Marie Claire. She is the winner of the Pulitzer Center’s 2012 Persephone Miel Fellowship and a 2015 recipient of the IWMF Courage in Journalism award. Anna began reporting on crisis in the North Caucasus and Central Asia 19 years ago, as a researcher for The Washington Post. Since then she has worked as a reporter covering Russia for Western audiences and the West for a Russian-speaking audiences. She focuses her reporting on human rights and social issues in post-Soviet states and Europe. She writes as well as takes photographs and videos for her multimedia projects. Anna lives in Moscow with her husband and son.

Schedule & Resources

JUNE 25 • Day 1

8:30-9:00 AM   Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:45 AM   Introduction and Welcome Activities

UChicago Area Studies Centers
Fareed Mostoufi (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)
Hannah Berk (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

9:45-10:45 AM   “Youth and Political Unrest in Iran”

Reese Erlich (Journalist)

10:45-11:00 AM   Coffee Break

11:00-11:45 AM   Connecting to Underreported Stories

Fareed Mostoufi (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)
Hannah Berk (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

11:45-12:30 PM   Lunch (included with registration)

12:30-1:30 PM   “Political Unrest and Youth Activism in Venezuela”

Natalie Keyssar (Photojournalist)

1:30-2:15 PM   Lesson Builder Exploration

Fareed Mostoufi (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

2:15-3:15 PM   “The Rohingya Crisis”

Halley Toosi (Politico)

3:15-4:00 PM   Extension Activity, Closing


JUNE 26 • Day 2

8:30-9:15 AM   Continental Breakfast

9:15-9:30 AM   Reflection on Day 1 and Connection to Curriculum

Fareed Mostoufi (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

9:30-10:00 AM   View films by Max Duncan, Brainstorming Activities

10:00-11:00 AM   “Youth and Poverty in China”

Max Duncan (Journalist, Filmmaker, Director of Photography)

11:00-11:15 AM   Coffee Break

11:15-12:30 PM   “Combating HIV in Russia”

Anna Nemtsova (Journalist)

12:30-1:15 PM   Lunch (included with registration)

1:15-2:00 PM   Fighting Words (engaging with global news through poetry)

2:00-2:30 PM   Bringing Reporting Skills into the Classroom

Fareed Mostoufi (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

2:30-3:30 PM   Empathy Gap

3:30-4:00 PM   Closing and Evaluations


Location and Transportation: the 2018 Summer Institute for Educators was held at Saieh Hall for Economics (1160 East 58th St) on the University of Chicago campus. Saieh is located between University Ave and Woodlawn Ave; this stretch of 58th Street is open only to pedestrian traffic. If you are familiar with the campus, it is across from the Main Quadrangle and adjacent to the Oriental Institute.

Public transit: Metra (57th or 59th Street stations) and CTA (#2 and #6) are good options to take to Hyde Park if you are coming from points north.

Parking: If you are driving, please plan to arrive early—by 8 am is preferable—as parking in the neighborhood can be dense on weekdays. Please see the Campus Parking Map for parking options in lots and garages (visitor parking is highlighted in bright pink): Parking_map_2015

There is also parking on the Midway Plaisance and throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood; please pay attention to signage for any restrictions. Ellis Garage (Campus North Parking) is another option for visitor parking. Daily parking costs $25.

The 2018 Summer Institute for Educators was co-sponsored 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, and Neighborhood Schools Program, and it is presented in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. It was made possible through generous support from the Title VI National Resource Center grants from the US Department of Education.