Educator Outreach: Workshops & Online Resources

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 Claudia Giribaldi.

Recent workshops: 

Summer Teacher Institute–Global Issues in Local Contexts: Turning International Journalism into Teachable Lessons

Monday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Conflict and international migration. Consumption and waste. Environmental degradation and conservation. No matter where we live, these issues affect our lives. But how do these issues manifest differently around the world? How do global issues connect to local contexts? How are contemporary challenges handled in different places around the world? And how can we present these important topics to students in ways that will both engage them and connect them to the larger world?

This two-day professional development workshop brings 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 incorporation of current global issues in the classroom. The program will include a combination of presentations and hands-on curriculum building activities. Participants will leave with the tools to incorporate new content into their classes, as well as connections to journalists working on these issues.

Intended for elementary through community college educators (K–14), the Summer Teacher Institute is open to all interested parties. Attendees can earn up to 12 CPDUs by completing the Institute.

The Institute is presented 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, Neighborhood Schools Program, Oriental Institute, and UChicago Engages, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. It is made possible through generous support from the Title VI National Resource Center grants from the US Department of Education.

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.

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 posts educational materials, free of charge, for educators and others who find them useful. For more info, please see the links below.

Refugees, Fragile States and Our Communities (resource lists developed for educational events conducted in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and City Colleges of Chicago)

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

2015 Summer Teacher Institute: Inequality: Conditions, Consequences, Solutions

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