Bridging Cultures and UCIS Outreach Websites
The “Bridging Cultures” site was developed through a National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored partnership project between REES and the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC). The site features modules on East European cultures developed by CCBC faculty members to internationalize their courses, plus videos of lectures and discussions with East European communities conducted for the project. The University Center for International Studies (UCIS) Outreach website is being developed to provide access to educational resources from collaborative events held by Pitt’s international studies centers, including REES. The information on both sites may be particularly useful to educators seeking to internationalize their curricula.
Instructional Resource Library
REES offers a variety of educational resources to promote international awareness at the K-12 and college levels. These materials are available for free lending to educators by mail or in person. View the list of resources in the REES collection.
REES has developed a series of high school/introductory college level curriculum guides to Central and East European countries that have joined or may join the European Union. The completed guides may be downloaded here.
Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh has donated to REES a collection of Russian grammar and literature books (including many in the original Russian) that were previously used in the school's Russian language program. These books are available for free lending to educators and Russian language learners. The list of titles may be downloaded in PDF or MS Excel format.
This resource section is based on a workshop for high school teachers led by REES Outreach Coordinator Gina Peirce at Gateway Senior High School in Monroeville, PA. The workshop was part of a countywide professional development day organized by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for teachers throughout Allegheny County, PA.
Participants were introduced to several works of Russian literature that can be used in the high school or college classroom to illustrate the effects exerted on the lives of ordinary Russians by major historical events of the 20th century, from the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution to the Stalinist terror and the extensive “gulag” (prison camp) system. Excerpts of works by Boris Pasternak, Mikhail Zoshchenko, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn were discussed. View the Power Point presentation used at this workshop, including complete bibliographical information.
1989-2014: The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe
The year 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Communist governments in Hungary, Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and Romania. The following links may be of interest to high school and college level instructors wishing to familiarize their students with these watershed events and their continuing significance in today’s world.
- George Mason University project, Making the History of 1989: The Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.
- Articles by Timothy Garton Ash from The New York Review of Books. See especially the series of articles from 1989 and 1990, documenting each of the democratic revolutions in Eastern Europe.
Short essays by REES Outreach Coordinator Gina Peirce on the former Czechoslovakia: