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2019 Summer Institute for Educators

Inspiring Connections: Igniting Critical Thinking and Communication through Global News


June 27–28, 2019 | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
University of Chicago
International House – Assembly Hall
1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Public transit and parking information can be found at the bottom of this page

Non-refundable registration fee includes light breakfast and lunch both days, and instructional materials. Attendees will earn up to 12 CPDUs.

The 2019 Summer Institute for Educators will include both presentations and hands-on activities that enable educators to analyze the causes and impacts of pressing global issues, understand journalists’ process of covering global news stories, discover practical methods to integrate these stories into the classroom, and examine the critical thinking, communication, and media literacy skills that students gain through engagement with news from around the world.

Participants are invited 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 the world issues?
  • What are the barriers to connecting students with global issues, and how can students engage responsibly with news to connect to the world?
  • How are my students accessing information?
  • How can my students positively contribute to the global media landscape as both consumers and producers of online content?

This year’s institute will once again be led by Fareed Mostouffi, Senior Education Manager at the Pulitzer Center. Featured journalists and topics will include:

  • Richard Bernstein on coverage of East Asia
  • Perla Trevizo on US immigration from Guatemala
  • Sarah Aziza on women’s rights and free press in Saudi Arabia
  • Amy Martin on climate change impacts in the US and Europe
  • Brian Frank on mass incarceration in the US
  • Jeffrey Stern on US involvement in the war in Yemen

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.

Richard Bernstein

Richard Bernstein is an independent journalist and writer specializing in the affairs of China and Southeast Asia. He studied history and East Asian languages at Harvard, and, in 1980, opened the Time bureau in Beijing. His other foreign posts, first for Time and later during a 24-year career at The New York Times, include Hong Kong, Paris, and Berlin. He’s a past two-time recipient of Pulitzer Center grants, a contributor to The New York Review of Books, Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, and Real Clear Investigations, and the author nine books, most recently: China 1945: Mao’s Revolution and America’s Fateful Choice.

Sarah Aziza

Sarah Aziza splits her time between New York City and the Middle East. She has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the West Bank, and South Africa, among others. As a journalist, she focuses on human rights, refugees, women, and the Middle East, seeking to elevate the human complexity behind global issues. Her work has been featured in Harper’s Magazine, The Washington Post, TheNewYorker.com, The Atlantic, The Intercept, The Nation, Slate, and The Middle East Eye, as well as National Public Radio. She is currently working on a book based on her reporting of women’s stories in the Middle East.

Jeffrey E. Stern

Jeffrey E. Stern is a writer and development worker whose reporting from Afghanistan, Kashmir, and elsewhere has been published by The Atlantic, The New Republic, Slate, Foreign Policy, Esquire, Time, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Duke Magazine and other publications. His second book, The 15:17 to Paris, became a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood and released by Warner Brothers Entertainment. His development work includes launching the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative in Afghanistan, and building a State Department-funded, student-produced museum series with exhibitions in Kabul and Philadelphia. Originally from Philadelphia, he received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a masters in International Policy Studies from Stanford University.

Amy Martin

Amy Martin is the founder and executive producer of Threshold, a podcast and public radio show that specializes in making complex environmental topics personal, immediate and real. Each season, Threshold explores one story of pivotal change from the natural world. Season one was focused on the American bison; season two will take listeners to the Arctic. The Montana Broadcasters Association named Threshold “Best Non-Commercial Radio Program of the Year” in June 2017. In addition to producing Threshold, Amy files stories for NPR’s All Things Considered, PRI’s The World, Here and Now, and other radio outlets. In 2016, she was selected for the Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Amy has been invited to give presentations about her work at the International Wildlife Film Festival, at her alma mater, Augustana College, and on the TEDx stage. She was raised on an Iowa farm and has called Missoula, Montana home since 1999.

Perla Trevizo

Perla Trevizo is a Mexican-American journalist who has spent more than a decade covering immigration stories from about a dozen countries. Until recently, she was the border and immigration reporter for the Arizona Daily Star and will soon join the Houston Chronicle, where she will cover the environment.

Brian L. Frank

Brian L. Frank is a SF State alum and award-winning photographer, whose images have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, Newsweek, TIME, Le Monde, American Photo, The New York Times, and many others. Brian is a 2017 CatchLight Fellow and the recipient of the POYi Global Vision Award, among others. His photographs are included in the permanent collection at the United States Library of Congress.

Schedule & Resources

JUNE 27 • Day 1

8:30-9:00 AM   Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:15 AM   Welcome Remarks

Abbey Newman (Associate Director, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Chicago)

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

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

9:45-10:45 AM   “Politics in China and China’s Influence Around the World”

Richard Bernstein (Journalist)

10:45-11:00 AM   Coffee Break

11:00-11:30 AM   Lesson Builder Exploration

Hannah Berk (Education Coordinator, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

11:30-12:30 PM   “How Saudi Arabia’s Reforms Mask Political Oppression”

Sarah Aziza (Journalist)

12:30-1:15 PM   Lunch

1:15-2:15 PM   Connecting to Underreported Stories

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

2:15-3:15 PM   “The War in Yemen”

Jeffrey Stern (Journalist)

3:15-3:30 PM   Create an extension activity connected to a piece of reporting you saw today

Hannah Berk (Education Coordinator, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

3:30-4:00 PM   Closing and Evaluations


JUNE 28 • Day 2

9:00-9:15 AM   Breakfast

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

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

9:30-10:00 AM   Working with audio from Amy Martin’s reporting

Hannah Berk (Education Coordinator, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

10:00-11:00 AM   “The Impact of Rising Temperatures on the Arctic”

Amy Martin (Journalist)

11:00-11:15 AM   Coffee Break

11:15-12:15 PM   “Migration from Central America”

Perla Trevizo (Journalist)

12:15-12:30 PM   Create extension exercises connected to reporting from Perla Trevizo or Amy Martin

Hannah Berk (Education Coordinator, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

12:30-1:15 PM   Lunch

1:15-2:00 PM   Writing from Images: A poetry workshop and competition to engage with global news and make local connections in new ways

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

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

2:30-3:30 PM   “Visualizing the Stories of Incarcerated Young Adults in the U.S.”

Brian Frank (Photographer)

3:30-4:00 PM   Closing and Evaluations


The 2019 Summer Institute for Educators will convene at International House (1414 East 59th Street) on the University of Chicago campus. I-House is located between Blackstone and Dorchester Avenues on 59th Street.

Public transit: Metra (59th Street station) 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 8:00 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): https://d3qi0qp55mx5f5.cloudfront.net/safety-security/uploads/files/Park…

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.

Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs & External Relations in advance at 773-753-2274

The 2019 Summer Institute for Educators is 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, and Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and it is presented in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. It is made possible through generous support from Title VI National Resource Center Grants from the U.S. Department of Education.