Teacher Training Workshops

CLAS Teacher Training Workshops are an ongoing series offered by the Center for Latin American Studies with support from the United States Department of Education and other programs, such as the Center for International Studies and the Newberry Library. Workshops are designed by university faculty, graduate students, and Center staff to enhance the classroom curriculum of educators from local public and private high schools and community colleges. Workshops introduce pedagogic methods and materials that facilitate the study of Latin America in the classroom and address subjects not traditionally taught in the US school system.

To request a workshop, please contact Steven Schwartz.

Recent workshops: 

From Macondo to McOndo: Re-imagining 20th Century Latin American Literatures and Cultures

July 17, 2015
Led by Thelma Jiménez-Anglada, PhD Candidate, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Chicago Teachers as Scholars

About 10 years ago, in Spain’s El País newspaper, Colombian author Efraím Medina Reyes impudently referred to the now deceased and celebrated Gabriel García Márquez as “García Marketing.” Although Medina Reyes’ comments may seem outrageous to both critics and readers of Latin American literatures and cultures in the U.S., his observations serve to underscore a fundamental shift in the ways in which the notion of magical realism—spearheaded by García Márquez’s writing—has come to be understood by the younger generations in the region.

In this workshop we traversed some of the main tropes of the Latin American literary period known as the Boom, using magical realism and its imaginary space of Macondo as pretexts. Through the use of literary and cultural texts, the workshop also proposed to question the ways in which these tropes have been traditionally understood, by bringing to the forefront some of the responses that emerged at the end of the twentieth century, such as the McOndo movement. This survey allowed us to delve into the historical context of the region through an analysis of narratives and visual culture.

Summer Teacher Institute: Inequality: Conditions, Consequences, Solutions

June 29–July 1, 2015
University of Chicago campus

This three day professional development workshop incorporated interdisciplinary perspectives on one of the world's greatest problems: inequality. With an eye toward curriculum development, presentations and discussions drew on comparative and international examples to explore causes and possible remedies to social and natural disparity. Click here to access resources from the 2015 Summer Teacher Institute.

A Voyage to South America—Andean Art in the Spanish Empire

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Unidentified artist, active in Cuzco, Peru. Our Lady of Bethlehem with a Male Donor, 18th century. Carl and Marilynn Thoma Collection.

April 25, 2015
Art Institute of Chicago

This one-day workshop centered on the exhibition A Voyage to South America: Andean Art in the Spanish Empire, a long-term installation of works of art from the collections of Chicagoans Marilynn and Carl Thoma, the Newberry Library, and the Denver Art Museum. Participating educators learned more about this unique period of cultural convergence in the Spanish-governed Andes during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Considering works of art as primary sources, teachers explored how European conventions combined with indigenous traditions of visual art and engaged issues of geography, race, and religion.

This workshop was co-presented by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Center for Latin American Studies. Dr. Rosario Granados, a postdoctoral lecturer at CLAS, co-led the day with museum education staff.

Online Resources for Educators

CLAS and the Center for International Studies post workshop materials that are available, free of charge, to educators and others who find them useful. For more info, please see the links below.

Migration and Human Rights in the North American Corridor: Dilemmas, Contradictions, and Challenges

Modernidad, Vanguardia y Revolución en las Poesía Mexicana, 1919–1930

Política Ambiental, Movimentos Sociales y Ciência para a Amazônia Brasileira: A Ciência Frente a Atuais Projetos para o Desenvolvimento da Amazônia Brasileira

2014 International Education Conference: Problem-Solving: Classroom, Community, and the World

2014 Summer Teacher Institute: Energy & the Global Environment: Science, History, Politics

2013 International Education Conference: Global CitizenshipCenter for International Studies

2013 Summer Teacher Institute: Natural Disasters & Social Responses: A Global Perspective

2012 Summer Teacher Institute: Feeding the World: Challenges to Achieving Food Security

2011 Summer Teacher Institute: Migration: Causes and Consequences

From the North American Council on the Americas (NACLA) Report on the Americas:

Suggested Books:

  • Michael Peter Smith and Matt Bakker. Citizenship Across Borders: The Political Transnationalism of El Migrante. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2008.
  • Castañeda, Jorge G. Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants. New York: The New Press, 2007.
  • Merz, Barbara J. New Patterns for Mexico Observations on Remittances, Philanthropic Giving, and Equitable Development. Cambridge: Harvard University Press,2006.
  • Hernández, Juan. The New American Pioneers. Why are we Afraid of Mexican Immigrants? Pneuma Life Publishing, 2007.
  • Pallares, Amalia and Nilda Flores González. Marcha! Latino Chicago and the Immigrant Rights Movement. Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2010.
  • Bloemraad, Irene and Kim Voss. Rallying for Immigrant Rights. The Fight for Inclusion in 21st Century America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.
  • Iskander, Natasha. Creative State. Forty Years of Migration and Development Policy in Morocco and Mexico. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010.
  • Stephen, Lynn. Transborder Lives: Indigenous Oaxacans in Mexico, California,and Oregon. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.

2010 Summer Teacher Institute: Water: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the World's Most Valuable Resource

2009 Summer Teacher Institute: Understanding the Global Economy: Bringing the World Market into Your Classroom