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CANCELLED: K-14 Teacher Workshop: Teaching Cyberwarfare and Accelerating Global Change

March 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

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

Saturday, March 14, 2020
from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706

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2007: Estonian banks, media, and government websites suddenly become inoperable.

2015: Compromised information systems in Ukraine result in large-scale power outages. 

2016: Several European countries report rampant election interference.

2017: Medical files held hostage across 150 countries.


What is happening? How can we explain it? What can we do to prevent the next incident?

Educators will have the opportunity to examine the transforming face of international conflict on the macro and micro level through this teacher professional development workshop.

All registration includes coffee, lunch, a curated (physical or electronic) book of relevant source materials, and a complimentary webcam cover.

Attending WCSS2020? This workshop is the perfect way to launch your educational itinerary in Madison. Start the weekend with a welcome reception! On Friday, March 13th from 6-8 pm, join us to watch Zero Days, a gripping film from Oscar-winning director, Alex Gibney. Discussion and snacks to follow.


During the full-day workshop on Saturday, 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 cyber warfare and its significance in the modern age;
-Engage with field experts to examine how recent cyber-attacks from Europe to Southeast Asia exacerbate tensions or forge stronger connections;
-Establish a basis in cyber literacy that will help further students’ civic literacy development and ability to critically engage with online information.


Workshop Speakers and Events:
Dr. Mary McCoy (UW-Madison): The Hidden Costs of Free Facebook: Trolling in Duterte’s Philippines and Mass Atrocity in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar”
Dr. Megan Metzger (Stanford University):Russia and the Online Sphere in the Post-Communist World”
Dr. Thorsten Wetzling (Stiftung Neue-Veranwortung (SNV)): Intelligence and Oversight in Europe
Panel featuring Drs. Dave Schroeder (senior cyber strategist, UW-Madison), McCoy, Metzger, and Wetzling: This moderated panel will address cybersecurity and cyberwarfare, as it affects our global and local lives.


The content of this workshop is appropriate for teachers of 6th-12th grade History, Social Sciences, Ethics, Computer Literacy, and Journalism, among others, but all Wisconsin K-14 teachers are welcome.

Register by January 1st for $15 early-bird special pricing. After January 1st, registration is $25. Financial assistance is available – contact Eleanor Conrad ( If you need an accessibility 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.

Registration is required for this K-14 teachers-only event. Deadline to register is February 28, 2020.

Unfortunately, this event has been canceled.


March 14, 2020
9:00 am - 3:30 pm