The Center for European Studies offers workshops throughout the academic year and summer for K-16 teachers. In addition to the foreign language workshops, we also offer workshops focused on area studies.
Often available for Continuing Education Credits, these workshops focus on aspects of Europe solely or in relation to other parts of the world.
Past workshops have included At the Crossroads: Integrating the Balkans into the European Union and Teaching with Defiance: Jewish Resistance and the Bielski Partisans.
All workshops aim to provide information for teachers to become more familiar with the subject matter as well as provide materials or information that can be taken back to the classroom.
All of these area studies workshops are free of charge.
Hemispheres Summer Institute
Each year, Hemispheres, the international outreach consortium at the University of Texas at Austin, hosts a multi-day workshop on one topic that is covered from five different area perspectives.
The 2012 Institute was: The City. The four-day workshop on the UT campus was geared toward world cultures, world geography, and world history educators in which we explored the meaning and place of the city-and all that it encompasses-in human history. We provided content lectures, teaching materials, and classroom strategy sessions to prepare teachers to present the city as a lens through which students can better understand the world.
Registration fees are required for the Summer Institute and, because of the limited number of attendees we are able to accept, seating is on a first-paid, first registered basis. In past years, registration fees have been $75. Housing at low-cost is available for teachers attending from out of Austin.