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K-14 Teacher Workshop: Cyber-Capabilities and Accelerating Global Change

March 13, 2021

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Saturday, repeating until March 20, 2021

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), Jean Monnet European Center of Excellence, and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) present:

March 13 and 20, 2021
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm CST

Register here.

A professional development workshop for  K-14 educators who will a) examine the transforming face of international relations on the macro and micro level, b) receive an updated curated e-book of relevant source materials and classroom activities, and c) develop practical exercises that prompt student participation and collaboration.

Teachers will have time and resources to develop an individualized lesson plan based on the workshop’s content.

Structured Inquiry: What is the role of the nation-state in a cyber-capable world?

During the two-day workshop, teachers will:

  • Take home syllabus-adaptable resources encompassing WI-DPI Standards: SS.BH1-4, SS.ECON1, SS.GEOG1, SS.HIST2-4, SS.PS3-4;
  • Obtain relevant source materials that clarify cybersecurity policy and contextualize cybersecurity in a way that can transfer directly into a classroom;
  • Develop practical exercises that prompt student participation and collaboration;
  • Receive a cybersecurity glossary to help facilitate classroom discussions;
  • Have the opportunity to network with other teachers from around the state;
  • Understand the global significance of cyber-capabilities in the modern age;
  • Engage with field experts to examine how cyber-capabilities exacerbate tensions or forge stronger connections;
  • Establish a basis in cyber literacy that will help further students’ civic literacy development and the ability to critically engage with online information.
  • Receive a certificate of completion after attending both workshop sessions.

Workshop Speakers and Events:

Saturday, March 13

Intelligence and Oversight

Dr. Thorsten Wetzling works for the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV) where he heads its research unit on digital rights, surveillance and democracy. He directs the European Intelligence Oversight Network (EION) and is the Principal Investigator in the GUARDINT research project. Formerly, he worked as a Senior Fellow at the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security, the Hague Institute for Global Justice, and as Advisor for the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). As Trans-Atlantic Post-Doc Fellow for International Relations and Security (TAPIR), Dr. Wetzling studied national surveillance policies at the French Institute for International Relations (ifri) in Paris, the RAND Corporation, and the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University.

The Hidden Costs of Free Facebook: Trolling in Duterte’s Philippines and Mass Atrocity in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar

Dr. Mary McCoy teaches courses on rhetoric, politics, media, and culture in UW-Madison’s Department of Communication Arts and oversees outreach and communications for the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. She has written on religious intolerance, freedom of the press, rhetorical genres, and investigative journalism, and is the author of Scandal and Democracy: Media Politics in Indonesia (Cornell University Press, 2019), which examines the role of the media in democratization. Her current research examines new political movements, social media and authoritarianism, and changing definitions of freedom of speech.

Saturday, March 20

Twitter and Cold War 2.0: Russian disinformation campaigns in Ukraine and the United States.

Dr. Larissa Doroshenko is a postdoctoral associate in the Communication Studies Department at Northeastern University. Her research interests are centered on the effects of new media on political campaigning, with a particular focus on “the dark side” of the internet: populism, nationalism, and disinformation campaigns. Larissa’s work has appeared in Information, Communication & SocietyInternational Journal of CommunicationNew Media & SocietyInternational Journal of Press/Politics, and Journal of Communication. Larissa’s passion for mass media and politics started when she was studying journalism at Belarusian State University and simultaneously worked as a freelance reporter.

Talking Technology and Propaganda in the Classroom: Making the Intangible Engaging

Prof. Jeremy Stoddard is Associate Professor and the Faculty Chair of the Secondary Education Program. His research examines the role of media in teaching and learning history and democratic citizenship – with a particular focus on engagement with difficult or marginalized histories and contemporary controversial issues. His work has been published in Journal of Curriculum Studies, Teachers College Record, Curriculum Inquiry, and Learning, Media and Technology. He has also co-authored or co-edited three books, including Teaching Difficult History Through Film (Routledge, 2017). He has served as Editor for Theory and Research in Social Education and has held national leadership roles in the Teaching History SIG of AERA and as a member of the Executive Board of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies.

The content of this workshop is appropriate for teachers of 6th-14th grade History, Social Sciences, Ethics, Computer Literacy, and Journalism, among others, but all K-14 teachers are welcome.

If you need an accommodation to attend this event, please contact Sarah Linkert at All accommodation requests should be made no less than two weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date, but cannot guarantee they will be met.


March 13, 2021