Teacher Institute: “Behind the Headlines: Nation, Ethnicity, Identity, and Exclusion – The Plight of Minorities in Asia”

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) and Asian Languages and Cultures, along with the University of Washington’s Center for Global Studies, and Madison College’s Center for International Education are pleased to announce our annual workshop for community, technical, and two-year college instructors:  “Behind the Headlines: Nation, Ethnicity, Identity, and Exclusion – The Plight of Minorities in Asia.”

This interactive, two-day workshop will be moderated by Chey Davis, Associate Professor of English at Delta College in Michigan. Highlights of the event will include lectures and discussions led by experts in the field, as well as ample time for networking and brainstorming with colleagues.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Mustafa Aksu, graduate student at Indiana University, “China’s Policies of Transforming Uyghurs: Labor Transfer, Language Change and “Re-education” Camps”
  • Mary Girard, author of the upcoming book, “Among the Original Dwellers: Remembering Ferdinand Hahn,” will speak about India’s indigenous Christians
  • Cherif Correa, English instructor at Madison College, will speak about a study he and his colleagues have been doing that considers the gap between native English speakers and speakers of English as a second or third language. Linguistic barriers are among the problems facing ethnic minorities in this country. The ultimate goal of this study is to urge colleges to provide further assistance to students who face linguistic barriers by treating linguistic diversity the way we treat gender, race, ethnicity, etc.

WHEN: June 21-22

WHERE: Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI

COST: $60


FINANCIAL AID: IRIS will cover the cost of hotel rooms for participants from outside of Dane County on a first-come, first-served basis. Some additional funds to help defray the cost of transportation from outside of Dane County may also be available.

Click HERE to register.

For more information, please contact Nancy Heingartner at outreach@iris.wisc.edu; 608.265.6585.

The Institute for Regional and International Studies is coordinating this workshop using funds from its Title VI National Resource Center grant from the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office of the US Department of Education. This workshop is co-sponsored by UW-Madison’s Asian Languages and Cultures department,  the Center for Global Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, and by Madison Area Technical College’s (Madison College) Center for International Education.