Global Hot Spots at Yale this Summer

Social studies teachers from around the country and across town have converged on Yale to study Africa, China, Russia and other nations in the news. The goal is to give educators the latest and most complete information about what they cover in their classrooms in order to raise the level of global studies in American schools.

Those in “The Teaching of Africa” program have a daunting task: trying to understand a huge and diverse continent, its peoples and cultures, environment and geography, historical and political movements, and much more. One highlight of the Africa program will be a free public symposium, “Current Regional and Ethnic Conflicts in Africa,” Wednesday, July 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Luce Hall auditorium. Speakers will include scholars from Yale, University of Wisconsin (Madison), Creighton University and Southern Connecticut State University. Newsweek reporter Alan Zarembo will speak on “The Politics of Justice in Rwanda.”

Participants in the Yale-Hopkins Summer Seminar, “Russian Culture in Social Context,” will travel to Russia for two weeks after their New Haven stay. Those exploring “Teaching about the New China: Global Menace or Good Citizen?” study Chinese language, law, history and contemporary society. They will travel to China next summer.

The International Affairs Summer Institute is exploring the “New World Order,” investigating the challenge to global security posed by emerging nationalism and the impact on the balance of power of economic interdependence, trade in military technology and non-governmental international organizations.

The Summer Institutes at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, 34 Hillhouse Ave., now in their 20th year, enroll 120 teachers who study with Yale faculty and have access to all the resources of the University. The program began July 6 and will conclude July 17. Participants, organizers and faculty members are available for interviews.

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