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Apply now to LLILAS' Summer Seminar in Brazil

Tue, Nov 3, 2009

The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and Texas Performing Arts will present a unique opportunity to 14 middle and high school teachers of fine arts, language arts, and social studies to learn about the role of the performing arts in educational and social projects in Brazil. Key to these projects is their commitment to a high standard that does not compromise the quality of the art or the artists involved in the teaching: they extend both first-class instruction and a variety of social services to the most marginalized communities, offering young people better alternatives for their lives. With a broad understanding of these innovative programs, participants will create curriculum units that explore Brazil’s history, culture, and language. Cities to be visited include Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Spend Spring Break in Egypt with Hemispheres!

Fri, Oct 9, 2009

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin will conduct a ten-day tour of Egypt over spring break 2010 designed especially for K-12 educators. The tour will include visits to Cairo, Egypt’s capital and the largest city in the Arab world, and sites of contemporary and historic importance like the Giza Pyramids, the thousand year old Islamic core of the city, and the recently opened Azhar Park. The tour will also include a 3-night Nile Cruise in Upper Egypt between Aswan and Luxor that will visit such sites as the Aswan High Dam, the award-winning Nubian Museum, the temples of Philae and Kom Ombo, and the Valley of the Kings.

Make Waves in Puerto Rico

Hemispheres joins the program for the 2009 NCGE Conference

Thu, Jul 23, 2009

Hemispheres will present four sessions at the upcoming 2009 National Conference on Geography Education in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The National Conference on Geography Education is an annual event where geography educators from across the country and around the world meet to exchange ideas, research, resources, and best practices in geography education.

photo by Adam Bales.

Join us in Dallas!

Hemispheres joins the Geography strand at TCSS 2009

Thu, Jul 23, 2009

Once again, Hemispheres will be making a splash at the 57th annual Texas Council for the Social Studies conference, "From Prairie to Prosperity," which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, October 30-November 1. This year's conference is sponsored by the Lovejoy Council for the Social Studies, and will highlight the praire heritage of the Dallas Metroplex while showcasing the city's present and future stake in prosperity for the state, the nation, and the region.

Summer Teachers' Institute 2009: "Sense of Place: Intersecting Geography, History, and Culture"

Mon, Mar 9, 2009

“A cultural landscape is a geographic area that includes cultural and natural resources associated with an historic event, activity, person, or group of people... Cultural landscapes are works of art, texts and narratives of cultures, and expressions of regional identity.” —Institute for Cultural Landscape Studies, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

How have our changing perceptions of our geographic surroundings led to changes in human society? How do cities and urban spaces reflect the societies that build them? How do those spaces in turn serve as vehicles for creativity, production, and social change? How is the character of a place related to its political, economic, social, and cultural characteristics?

The fields we farm, the cities we build, the spaces we preserve, the borders we protect—within each set of choices we make, we reveal our perceptions of and relationship with the land that surrounds us. By studying the connections between natural

Bridge Across Civilizations: a 10-day tour of Turkey for K-12 educators

Tue, Feb 10, 2009

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with the Institute of Interfaith Dialog, will conduct a ten-day tour of Turkey this summer designed especially for K-12 educators.

The tour is projected to run June 29-July 9, 2009.

The tour will include visits to Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, once capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires; Ankara, the modern capital of the Republic of Turkey; Sanliurfa, reputed burial site of the patriarch Abraham; Antalya, on the Mediterranean coast; Konya, spiritual center of Rumi’s Sufi movement; and Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city, and gateway to the historical cities of Ephesus and Selcuk.

However, the unique opportunity that this program affords over standard package tours of Turkey and the Mediterranean will be daily visits to private homes and schools to meet "ordinary" Turkish citizens from all walks of life. You'll have the chance to meet with peers and enga