68.77.89: Czechoslovakia from Invasion to Revolution

Poster for teacher workshop summer 2018

**Workshop now open to all educators, not just from Iowa and Wisconsin**

Sponsored by the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Additional support provided by the Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence at UW-Madison.

This three-day workshop introduces educators to the causes and legacies of Czechoslovakia’s culture of dissent. Educators will hear from expert speakers on topics including the 1968 Prague Spring uprising and its aftermath, the Charter 77 movement, and the 1989 Velvet Revolution. Participants will explore primary sources and classroom-ready activities through interactive modules, and they will work with museum staff and a curriculum development specialist on incorporating the workshop content into their lesson plans.

The workshop will link past and present by emphasizing the importance of civic engagement and the performative nature of democracy. Participants will come away with new tools for engaging with students on the Prague Spring and Velvet Revolution, as well as new ideas for applying lessons from Czechoslovakia’s totalitarian past to today’s globalized world.

The workshop is open to all educators, including those from outside Iowa and Wisconsin. While the content and activities may be of most interest to middle and high school teachers, elementary school teachers, homeschool teachers, community college instructors, school administrators, and librarians are also welcome to participate. Financial support for educators coming from outside Dane County, Wisconsin is available on a first come, first served basis.

Registration is now closed.

Confirmed Speakers:

David Danaher, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kimberly Elman Zarecor, Associate Professor of Architecture, Iowa State University

Nicholas Hartmann, Director of Learning and Civic Engagement at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library

Craig Perrier, Fairfax County Public Schools

Kieran Williams, Visiting Professor of Political Science at Drake University

Background Readings/Other Resources:

The below document contains a list of background readings, films, and other suggested resources compiled by the speakers. These readings are not required, but are recommended for participants who would like to dive deeper into the topics covered by the workshop. A separate reader will be provided to participants with more focused readings in preparation of the workshop.

Recommended Readings for 68.77.89

For more information on the modules, visit the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library’s 68.77.89 curriculum website.

Email outreach@creeca.wisc.edu or call 608-265-6298 for more information.


July 11 – 13, 2018

Madison Concourse Hotel

1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

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