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2003 PIER Summer Institutes

Recent Field Studies Abroad

The Teaching of Africa
The First World War and the 20th Century
Portraits of Contemporary Puerto Rican Communities
Understanding Global Issues: National Security in Today's World
Chinese Ethnicity: Visual & Personal Encounters

The Teaching of Africa
July 7- 18, 2003

An intensive introductory course in African Studies designed to help teachers and educators learn about Africa in a way that they can then teach confidently about its peoples, civilizations, and cultures. The course is developed to help transform other professionals' perspectives about the continent and to enable participants to identify and access unique resources about Africa. The program includes several hands-on cultural and artistic projects complemented by a full-day field trip to cultural sites in New York City.

Sponsored by PIER-African Studies and the Yale Center for International and Area Studies with support from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.

The First World War and the 20th Century
July 7 - 18, 2003

This intensive two weeks of seminars and workshops in New Haven and New York examine both the causes of the 1914-18 cataclysm and its impact on Europe and the world. The program focuses not only on the diplomatic, economic, and military history that gave rise to "the Great War" but also on its social and cultural consequences, some still echoing today. Topics include: Anglo-German antagonism; Austria in the Balkans; the stalemate on the Western Front; the Armenian genocide; the Eastern and Southern fronts; the Treaty of Versailles; mourning and memory; Surrealism and Existentialism; the Russian Revolution; Weimar and the rise of Fascism; and a comparison of the pre-WW I and post-Cold War worlds. Sessions include computer simulations and teaching resources on the web.

Sponsored by PIER-European Studies and the Yale Center for International and Area Studies with support from a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.

Portraits of Contemporary Puerto Rican Communities
July 7-11, 2003

A one-week institute designed to introduce educators to the geography of diverse communities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Participants interpret the experiences of Puerto Ricans through migration patterns, the development of urban and rural communities and the transformations they have undergone throughout the last century. The program explores the cultural landscapes of specific Puerto Rican neighborhoods in New York, New Haven, Chicago, and Philadelphia, and their interaction with other communities. Lesson plan development sessions consist of an introduction to the theories of multicultural education and strategies for integrating diverse perspectives into the curriculum. Evening activities include cultural events such as films, musical performances and dance lessons.

The seminar was followed by an optional field study trip to Puerto Rico.

A Follow-up workshop was held in November 2003.

Sponsored by PIER-Latin American Studies, the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Understanding Global Issues: National Security in Today's World
July 7-11, 2003

In the wake of September 11, 2001, educators are grappling with ways to address pressing international issues in the context of America's role in the world. In a survey of high school students in six states, more than half cited national security as their top concern. This one-week institute will inform participants about the broad issues of national security. Topics include: health, the environment, development and foreign aid, poverty, ethics, conflict resolution, and technology, within the context of the practical challenges and multidimensional character of today's changing world and the U.S. role in it.

Syllabus

Sponsored by PIER-International Studies and the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.

Chinese Ethnicity: Visual & Personal Encounters
July 14-17, 2003

To learn and teach about ethnicity in China by way of books and films, is it as simple as finding a work that's objective in view and accurate with data? Are films mere aids to teaching and writing? In what ways are museums and story-telling alike? These are some of the questions this seminar intends to address, study and hopefully begin to answer. With its informative and intriguing syllabus, we aim to create a vigorous and compelling setting where lively dialogues between texts and films, vision and illusion, learning and life take place.

Sponsored by PIER-East Asian Studies and the Yale Center for International and Area Studies with support of the Freeman Foundation.