Conversations on Europe: Teachable Moments

 

The ESC’s Conversations on Europe: Teachable Moments are short, 5-10 minute video interviews with Pitt faculty exploring current events issues related to Europe. These videos are made available to teachers and students to provide a resource for better understanding controversies and debates making headlines. A list of suggested further readings accompanies each video. For comments or to make suggestions for future topics, please contact Kathy Ayers (kma69@pitt.edu). These videos are the intellectual property of the University of Pittsburgh, but are available for free viewing and download for educational purposes. Please acknowledge The European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh in your papers or presentations or any other work issuing from the content included in these videos.

  • The Northern Irish Peace Process Today
    December 9, 2016 - Pitt faculty member, Dr. Tony Novosel, interviews peace activist Mary Montague about the current status of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and how it might be impacted by last June’s Brexit vote.  Conversations on Europe: Teachable Moments are a K-16 teaching resource provided by the European Studies Center.  The University of Pittsburgh holds the right to this video.  It is available solely for use in educational settings. Read additional resources.
  • The Burkini Controversy
    September 16, 2016 - Allyson Delnore of the European Studies Center and Jeanette Jouili of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh discuss the so-called "Burkini controversy" that emerged in France in the summer of 2016, in which mayors in some French cities and towns attempted to ban the wearing of modest, full-body swimwear at public beaches. Read additional resources.

TEACHING EUROPEAN HISTORY AND CULTURE THROUGH ART
March 23, 2016
The program hosted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 titled, “Teaching European History and Culture Through Art,” includes presentations from a University of Pittsburgh professor from the History of Art & Architecture Department, who will provide an introductory presentation that discusses three approaches to using European art in the classroom, along with three educators from the Pittsburgh region, who will share an approach to teaching the topic in a secondary classroom.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Barbara McCloskey, Department Chair & Professor, History of Art & Architecture Department, University of Pittsburgh
  • Ms. Erin Breault, Social Studies Teacher, Pittsburgh Creative and Performaning Arts School, Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Mr. Michael Junko, Social Studies Teacher, Mt. Lebanon High School
  • Ms. Suzi Walters, Social Studies Teacher, Mt. Lebanon High School

Additional Teaching Resources:
Download a list of additional teaching resources and websites related to European art and architecture HERE.

TEACHING THE EUROPEAN MIGRATION CRISIS THROUGH PRIMARY & SECONDARY SOURCES OR PERSONAL NARRATIVES

October 13, 2015 

The program hosted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 titled, “Teaching the European Migration Crisis Through Primary & Secondary Sources or Personal Narratives,” includes presentations from a University of Pittsburgh professor from the Department of History, who gives a brief overview of the current migration crisis in Europe, along with two educators from the Pittsburgh region, who each share an approach to teaching the topic in a secondary classroom.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Bernard Hagerty, Professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh
  • Mr. Marc DiSilvio, Social Studies Teacher, McGuffey High School
  • Ms. Mina Levenson, Spanish Teacher, Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Additional Teaching Resources:
Download a list of additional teaching resources and websites related to the European migration crisis HERE.

Wondering how to purchase a film or other resource materials for your classroom?  The ESC is accepting applications under its Bridge to Europe program to help fund classroom resources related to the teaching of European studies (broadly conceived).  To learn more, visit www.ucis.pitt.edu/esc/content/outreach/educators or contact our Outreach Coordinator (kal68@pitt.edu).    

Funding provided by the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office of the U.S. Department of Education.