Past Opportunities for Teachers

CLACS Summer Teacher Institute (July 11-13, 2012)

The Politics of Motherhood in Latin America

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Credit:  Diego Rivera, Maternidad (Motherhood), 1954.

Oil on canvas. Collection of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa.


July 11-13, 2012


Motherhood is generally viewed as a conservative institution in Latin American society with mother’s lives centered on the private world of child rearing and self-sacrifice for their families.   This Institute explores the public dimension of motherhood in Latin America, examining efforts to shape mothers’ lives and demands by mothers to participate as mothers in their nation’s politics and economic development. Topics include micro-lending programs for women, reproduction and welfare policies and how indigenous mothers’ handicraft production both challenges and reinforces gender stereotypes.  Faculty Coordinator:  (Professor Seth Meisel, History, UW-Whitewater).

Presenters include  Dr. Jadwiga Pieper Mooney (History, University of Arizona), Dr. Carol Hendrickson Anthropology, Marlboro College)and Dr. Natasha Borges Sugiyama (Political Science, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee)

Cost:  $95 (includes continental breakfasts, lunches, and materials)

1-3 graduate credits (History) available for additional cost through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (will require subsequent online discussion and curriculum development work).  To request full informational and registration packets please contact the Credit Outreach office at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, or (800) 621-5376.

Institute application available at

 (Application deadline:  May 18, 2012)

For more information, contact:  Julie Kline ( or 414-229-5986)

A collaboration between UW-Whitewater, UW-Madison Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies (LACIS) and the UW-Milwaukee Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS).   CLACS and LACIS are a consortial Title VI National Resource Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Exploring Humanitarian Law: Preserving Human Rights & Dignity in Conflict Educator's Workshop (June 18-21, 2012)

Global Studies at UW-Madison, in collaboration with the American Red Cross - together with partners from the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC), and the Universities of Illinois, North Carolina, and Washington - is offering a three and a half day workshop geared to middle school, high school, and technical college educators interested in bringing humanitarian law issues & resources into their classrooms and lectures.

The workshop is built around the Exploring Humanitarian Law curriculum developed by the American Red Cross ( In addition to trained Red Cross staff guiding an in-depth, hands-on exploration of the curriculum, the workshop will also include presentations by scholars, educators, and practitioners from communities around the state.

Participants have the option of taking the workshop for one

(1) UW-Madison graduate credit if they wish.

Online registration is currently open at The registration fee is $150 and includes a full printed curriculum, housing for those who require accommodation (parking for those commuting from the Madison area), a working dinner during the workshop, all fees for those choosing to take the workshop for optional credit, and more!!

For additional details, visit the website or contact Mark Lilleleht, Outreach Coordinator, Global Studies, by email or phone 608.265.6070.

LACIS is pleased to provide co-sponsorship for this event.


10th Annual International Children's and Young Adult Literature Celebration

November 2011, Memorial Union

Featuring Award-winning Authors:
Atinuke (via Skype)
Kathleen Horning
Anne Pellowski
Mitali Perkins

This year marks the tenth annual celebration, which brings together award-winning authors whose literature spans the globe, with dedicated educators, librarians, students and children’s literature enthusiasts who gain insight into new cultures and histories from around the world. In the full-day workshop each author will present on their writing and discuss the stories that they have written and highlight cultural nuances and universal themes.

To highlight the 10th year milestone we welcome past and present participants to share the impact of this celebration in their classrooms, libraries, and in their lives. How? Send us your photos, lesson plans, book reviews, articles or any other examples of how you internationalized reading in your world! We will post these online and in a poster session at the event.

The Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC) sponsors this annual event in observance of International Education Week. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

More information & Registration


Teacher Workshops, Summer 2011:

June 27-July 23, 2011
Online Course (UW-Milwaukee, 3 credits)
Using Children's Literature to Explore Latin American/Latino Cultural Heritage
Contact: Julie Kline,

July 6-July 8, 2011
Teacher institute (UW-Milwaukee)
The New Left in Latin America
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Contact: Julie Kline,


US-Mexico Interdependent Film Series: "Indocumentales/Undocumentaries"

Wednesday, October 20th to Wednesday, November 17th, 2011

5:00 p.m.

Memorial Library Commons (Room 460)

Please click here for a flyer.

Films to be screened:

  • Farmingville
  • Al Otro Lado
  • Which Way Home
  • Mi Vida Dentro/My Life Inside
  • Los Que Se Quedan/Those Who Remain

Indocumentales/Undocumentaries is a collaborative series of documentary film screenings and dialogues, co-presented by the organization “what moves you?”, Cinema Tropical, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. Designed to inform, inspire, and enable an open exchange of views on some of today’s pressing immigration-related issues, in addition to showcasing documentary feature films by directors from both sides of the border, each screening is followed by an informal interactive discussion with special guests of diverse backgrounds, sectors and experience. The Indocumentales on-line resource packet will expand to include new inputs that add to our understanding of the issues, and help connect individuals and organizations working to address them. Indocumentales and LACIS do not endorse a political position on the issues discussed.

Check out the website and blog:

This film series is FREE and open to the Public.

Co-sponsored by the UW Library, in collaboration with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University (NYU-CLACS), Cinema Tropical and What Moves You?

Please note that this film series will be accompanied by the exhibit at Memorial Library: "Beyond the Threshold" Migration Between Mexico and USA (1810-2010)/

Más Allá del Umbral: Migración entre México y E.U.A. (1810-2010) (Circulation Desk area). Please visit the exhibit.


Study Abroad for Teachers: "Mexico: Air Pollution and Ancient Cultures"

This summer course will be run expressly for K-12 teachers and for interested School of Education (pre-service) teachers. The program will build in opportunities for participants to discuss and develop curriculum activities to incorporate the experience into their classroom teaching. The course will be offered in collaboration with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and the Center for International Education (CIE), as a facet of their K-16 educational outreach programming. Course Objectives. Participants will:

  • visit some of the world's most important and spectacular archaeological sites;
  • become familiar with the cultural history of several ancient Mesoamerican civilizations;
  • develop an understanding of the complex relationships between meteorology, air pollution, and cultural heritage;
  • design curriculum activities to incorporate the course concepts into their own classroom teaching;
  • develop an awareness of the difficulties in preserving cultural heritage sites in developing countries.

WHEN: In Milwaukee: July 25-26, 2011 In Mexico: July 27-August 6, 2011 (tentative dates) Faculty Directors: Professor Jon Kahl, Atmospheric Sciences Rolando Olivas, Graduate Assistant Locations tentatively include: Mexico City, Papantla, Oaxaca, Palenque Application deadline: March 1, 2011 Estimated Cost: $3660 - $4485 Program fees are based on a realistic estimate of participants. Fees may change based on final enrollment and exchange rate fluctuation. Cost includes support for a UWM faculty member, academic costs, international airfare, in-country transportation, accommodation, excursions, some group meals, and health insurance. Cost does not include personal spending money, most meals, or trip/travel insurance. Fee differentials apply for non-WI residents and graduate students. Please contact Julie Kline in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UW-Milwaukee at or 414-229-5986.


Professional Development Course for Teachers "Folk and Fairy Tales from around the World"

  • WHEN: Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1, March 8, March 15, 2011, 4:15-6:15 pm.
  • WHERE: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, UW-Madison campus
  • COST: $25 registration fee + $45.75 in segregated fees (required by university)
  • REGISTRATION: Please visit in order to pay by credit card

The Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium, WIOC, is pleased to be offering a ten-hour professional development course entitled, "Folk and Fairy Tales from around the World" in Spring 2011. The course will meet for two hours each on five consecutive Tuesdays starting on February 15th and ending on March 15th. The first meeting will provide an overview of international folk and fairy tales by an expert in international folk literature. Each of the following weeks will be dedicated to the folk and fairy tales of East Asia, Europe, South Asia, or Russia. UW-Madison faculty, graduate students, and staff will provide lectures and lead discussions. A final project, consisting of a class-ready lesson plan, will be due at the end of the course. Participants will earn one (1) UW-Madison graduate credit for successful completion of this course.


2010 International Children's Literature Conference

Saturday, November 20, 2010

8:30am – 5:00pm

325/326 Pyle Center, UW Madison

"Open a Door... Open a Book...Open your Mind to the World" is an annual workshop for educators, librarians, students and children’s literature enthusiasts, with an aim to internationalize statewide reading curriculum. The all-day celebration will feature award-winning authors: LACIS is pleased to offer co-sponsorship for author Laura Resau. In her presentaton, "Crossing Borders", author Laura Resau will speak about the inspiration for her critically acclaimed novels Red Glass, What the Moon Saw, and Star in the Forest. In writing these books, she drew on her experiences as a teacher and anthropologist in southern Mexico, her travels in Central America, and her friendships with immigrants and refugees in Arizona and Colorado. During her presentation, you'll see photos of people and places who inspired the characters and settings of her books, and hear personal stories about issues faced by immigrants, refugees, and indigenous people. Laura Resau is the author of The Indigo Notebook, Red Glass, What the Moon Saw, Star in the Forest, The Ruby Notebook, The Queen of Water (Spring 2011), The Jade Notebook (Spring 2012).  You can see the entire line up of authors who will be participating here:  This event is being sponsored by WIOC (WI Outreach Consortium) of which LACIS is a member:


CLACS 2010 Summer Teacher Institute...Americanos: Spanish Americans in the Age of Democratic Revolution, 1808-1822 -- Application Deadline Extended to June 15th!

July 6-8, 2010 UW-Milwaukee From 1810-1825, Spain’s American empire collapsed as former colonial subjects won their freedom through warfare and by embracing new political ideals. This Institute, in recognition of the Bicentennial year of the beginning of the Independence Era, will feature leading scholars of the period to help interpret this turbulent period. Sessions will focus on the place of the Spanish American wars of Independence in World History, the role of women, peasants and Afro-Latin Americans in creating the new nations, and the enduring impact of the revolutionary generation for Latin Americans today. Presenters will also offer examples of a variety of teaching materials to bring these themes into the classroom. Cost: $95 (includes continental breakfasts, lunches, and materials) Dorm housing available ($50/night) 1-3 graduate credits (History) available for additional cost through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (will require subsequent online discussion and curriculum development work). To request full informational and registration packets please contact the Credit Outreach office at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, or (800) 621-5376. An Institute application is available at (Application deadline: June 15, 2010) For more information, contact: Julie Kline ( or 414-229-5986) A collaboration between UW-Whitewater, UW-Madison Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies (LACIS) and the UW-Milwaukee Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). CLACS and LACIS are a consortial Title VI National Resource Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.


Listen & Learn: Traditional Mexican Music Featuring Sones de Mexico*

Panel discussion on Traditional Mexican Music with Sones de Mexico

Please click here for a flyer of the event.

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

6:00-8:00 p.m.

The University Club, Main Dining Room, 803 State Street

Panel Participants:

  • Juan Dies and other members of Sones de México
  • Raquel González Paraíso, PhD Candidate, Ethnomusicology
  • Jorge F. Rodriguez, Ph.D student in Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education; David Alvarado, and other members of Son Mudanza— a Madison-based Mexican music group

*Professional Advancement Course (PAC) credits available for Madison School District teachers. Please contact Julie Palkowski with questions (608-663-5227).

FREE and Open to the Public

Sponsored by LACIS, the Overture Center and the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission.

Sones de Mexico will also be performing at the Overture Center this same week...Sones de México bring what the Chicago Reader calls “a dazzling array of Mexican folk-music forms with a preservationist’s care, bursting with energy.” In their own thoroughly modern way, they’ll transport you to a dusty village fandango to an urban barrio and back again.


2010 Great Lakes Regional Conference: "Today's Students, Tomorrow's Global Citizens"

FREE and Open to the Public
Please click here for a flyer of the event.

As part of its membership in the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC), LACIS is pleased to again provide co-sponsorship for the upcoming Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies/International Education Conference

March 15th & 16th, 2010

Madison Marriott West Hotel

Register NOW for the 2009 Wisconsin Council for Social Studies & International Education Conference on Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16 at the Madison Marriott West Hotel in Middleton. Register in advance or onsite for one or two days. Registration includes 100+ great breakout sessions, exhibits, plated lunches, and free parking, and three renowned keynoters. Don’t miss Patty Loew, TV host of "In Wisconsin" and producer of the PBS film "Way of the Warrior," speaking on "Native Americans and Cultural Insensitivity;" Craig Kielburger, founder of "Free The Children" and syndicated columnist, speaking on "How to Nurture Children Who Care and Contribute;" and Robert Norrell, Tennessee Professor, author of Up from History (Booker T. Washington) and Reaping the Whirlwind(Civil Rights Movement), speaking on "Rehabilitating Booker T. Washington's Reputation." A Sunday evening (March 14) reception featuring a "Brazil Night" cultural event ranging from Amazon's Indigenous Tribes to the Glitter of the World Stage focusing on dance (samba), music (capoiera), sport (futbol), film and discussion. Regular registration is as low as $95 (students $30) for one day. Sponsors include the WCSS, WEAC, UW-Madison School of Education, International Institute, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA), and the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC). Information and registration online -