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Dinner with a Historian
 China or Uzbekistan?
Shahnameh: A Shadow Theater Production
World History Study Group
 Upcoming Local Events
 Featured Online Resources: Maps


 ORIAS on Facebook and Twitter
Invitation to Shadowlight Productions
 Keep Thinking About Summer Travel Options
World History Study Group
Upcoming Local Events
 Featured Online Resources


 ORIAS on Facebook and Twitter
 Invitation to Shadowlight Productions
 Volunteer Opportunity
 Summer Travel Options
World History Study Group
Upcoming Local Events
 Featured Online Resources






  • Michele Delattre's retirement announcement. Welcome to new coordinator, Shane Carter.
  • ORIAS summer institutes.
  • University of California has launched the UC Food Observer.
  • From Big History Project: Free summer training for middle and high school teachers. BHP will be holding a regional cluster training in San Francisco on 7/31 or an online option on 8/14. Both are free of charge. There is a limit of 50 slots per cluster training. Invitation is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Fun with ancient texts (via Laughing Squid) - Ancient Babylonian customer service complaint from 1760 BCE Ur (see an image of the tablet at the British Museum). Consider how truly irritated you would have to be to carve out the cuneiform tablet for this.


  • ORIAS spring and summer events

Other opportunities and resources












Online resources:





  • ORIAS summer programs - agenda updates.

  • Other professional development opportunities:
  • Online Resources:

    • New York Public library Digital Collections project has posted lots of interesting image collections online include groups like mythology.

    • From UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism: Digital TV and the World
      "Digital TV and the World is an initiative to create new styles of global reportage that take a close-up look at ordinary people and the issues they face. This special project aims first to give fresh voice to people who live in diaspora communities in California by telling their stories. Then it goes on to examine the fabric of life in communities overseas by traveling abroad on intensive reporting assignments."
      The resulting short (3-5 min) video reports from heritage and corresponding home communities in Asia and Latin America are engaging and fresh classroom resources. They can be found posted on the Washington post as "Emerging Voices"


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1-21-13 Community college faculty update

  • Registration funding for 2nd Joint Conference of the California and Northwest Affiliates of the World History Association - February 28-March 2, 2014.
    "Encounters, Old and New, in World History
  • Travel funding for a Northern California Community College Faculty Member to attend the Association of African Studies Program 2014 Spring Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
  • EU Sixth Annual Educator Workshop on the European Union.
    Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
  • Save the Date: ORIAS Teaching World History at College Level Summer Institute • June 6-7, 2014.
  • Ongoing working groups at ORIAS
12-10-13 11-25-13 11-7-13 10-21-13 10-1-13 Community college faculty update 9-24-13 9-16-13
  • New dates and deadlines for ORIAS working groups.
8-28-13 6-20-13
  • The European Union: An Introduction For Teachers online course June 26, 2013
  • ORIAS K-12 institute full for auditors
  • Web walking: 
    World Refugee Day curriculum 
    Primary sources on the Middle East
  • ORIAS and CLAS Summer Institutes
  • Web walking: Colonialism / Imperialism
  • Personalizing the Past Artifact History Kits close out sale from Barbara Loften
  • ORIAS summer institutes
  • Other summer institutes
  • Online summer workshops
  • Resources - maps
  • ORIAS events
  • The Spring 2013 EARMARC workshop screens films and videos from their lending library of East Asia resources on Saturday April 6th in Robinson Hall Room 137 on the CSU-East Bay Hayward campus.
  • UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project will offer an array of institutes in summer 2013
  • The 1990 Institute Two-day Teachers Workshop on China’s Growing Global Impact - What it means for U.S. Teachers and Students. August 5-6, 2013
  • Summer institutes at the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project
  • Children's Africana Book Awards for 2013 announced.
2-20-13 1-22-13 1-2-13 
  • Registration open for winter programs at ORIAS and EUCE.




  • New Free Online Course for Secondary Teachers: Teaching about Pre-modern Japan: Heian and Medieval Society Culture
  • Berkwood Hedge School hosts after-school workshop on storytelling techniques in Berkeley.
  • NEH Summer Institutes

*Selected Online Resources:


  • Webinars from Primary Source
  • Morocco: Web 2.0 for Social Change
  • Online Resources for Teaching about History, Culture and Politics on the Korean Peninsula
  • Bay Area Children’s Theater is presenting a world premiere musical called Tales of Olympus
  • NEH Summer Institute for Teachers in Turkey, July 8 – 26, 2013.
  • Intensive Summer Language Institute (ISLI) in Changchun, China
  • Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) places EFL teachers from China and Egypt in U.S. K-12 host schools.
  • Educational Seminars Program provides short-term professional development opportunities to U.S. teachers and administrators for 3 week reciprocal exchange programs (to Brazil and Portugal) and one-way professional development programs (to India and China).
  • Global Connections Study Tour to Turkey
  • Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO)


The U.S. Department of Education and the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office is pleased to announce a Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program opportunity for Summer 2013: 
Seminar Title: History, Culture and Economic Development in China
Duration: Four Weeks; exact dates to be determined (typically beginning in late June)
Participants: U.S. K-12 educators, administrators, and media resource specialists who have responsibility for curriculum and instruction in the social sciences, humanities, foreign languages and area studies
Program Content: China’s increasing global influence presents a need for U.S. educators to fully understand its transformation into a worldwide economic powerhouse and related challenges. This Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program will provide a unique in-country study experience for U.S. educators and administrators to examine China’s history, culture, society, and economy.
The awards include: round-trip economy airfare, room and board, program-related travel within the host country. Participants are responsible for a cost share of $450, travel insurance and personal passports.
The application package will be available starting Oct 24, 2012 at www.G5.gov.  For more information, please go to www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap/elsecseminars.html


Off-campus travel and resouces:



  • Humanities West/ORIAS working group 2012-13.
  • ORIAS summer institute Technology in Human History resources and summaries being posted.
  • “The Aftermath of the Russian Presidential Elections” podcast from ISEEES.
  • From the California History Social Science Project: Lesson Plan Writers Needed.
  • Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program – application deadline Oct. 15.
  • Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching – application Dec. 15.



  • Supply, Demand, and César Chávez - 2012 Center for Latin American Studies Summer Institute for Teachers Thursday, July 19, 2012

  • Visual Culture and Identity – Adornment: Museum of the African Diaspora Educators’ Workshop, June 10, 2012.

  • Technology in Human History  - ORIAS Summer Institute For K-12 accepting wait list.

  • Tap into Turkey: Curriculum Development Grant from the American Turkish Society for Teaching About Turkey. Deadline: Monday, June 18.



  • Upcoming ORIAS Programs and Summer Institute Agenda
  • Off-campus:
    • From World Savvy: High School Students and Educators: Apply now for World Savvy’s 2012-13 American Youth Leadership Program with Bangladesh Hurry – Application deadline extended to April 30, 2012!
    • East Asian Regional Materials and Resources Center (a large lending library of video and film resources for educators) holds it spring screening/workshop on aturday April 28, 2012 at our usual location, Robinson Hall 137 on the CSU East Bay campus.



Also on Campus:


  • From Committee of 100 Wanxiang Teaching Scholars Program: 2012 Summer Institute on China -   Renewable Energy: Science and Policy - June 18th – July 14.
  • GEEO currently they offer tours designed for educators to 14 countries. 

On-line resources:





World History Study Group February 15 and April 18.

Fourth Annual Educator Workshop On The European Union 
Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Pompeii & Herculaneum: Rediscovering Roman Art & Culture - ORIAS Working Group at Humanities West - April 27 and 28, 2012

Reframing U.S. History at Peralta Hacienda: An NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for School Teachers. June 18-22, 2012 or June 25-29, 2012. Application Deadline is March 1. Details below.

ORIAS/Robbins Collection Workshop: California's Legal Heritage as part of Spain, Mexico, and the United States.
Sunday, April 15, 2012. Details below.

Teaching World History at College Level: ORIAS Community College Summer Institute - May 29-30, 2012. Details below.

Save the date: The Role Of Technology In Shaping Human History - Summer Institute For K-12 Teachers - July 23-25, 2012.

Community College faculty update 1-31-12


Date correction for Humanities West Ming working group: Feb 10-11, 2012.

Reminder: Fourth Annual Educator Workshop on the European Union

Campus events in January highlighting the ancient world.

Off-campus programs in January from Facing History and World Savvy.





  • ORIAS upcoming events
  • New ORIAS resources online
  • Travel and grant opportunities



  • Save the date: ORIAS Teaching World History at Community College working
    group will meet Friday, December 2, 2:00-4:00 PM followed by Patricia Ebrey’s public lecture: “The Song Emperor Huizong: Daoist, Painter, Builder, Captive
  • Campus events
    • Panel discussion and reception | “Contemporary Pakistani Art”| October 17 | 3-6 p.m. | The Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
    • Classroom visiting speaker opportunity – noted female Pakistani artist, Naiza

  • Off-campus events
    • EARMARC video screening/workshop: Screening East Asian films available for
      loan to educators
  • Travel - GEEO
  • Reminders – ORIAS, Exploring Humanitarian Law, World Saavy






EVENTS - reminder



    • The Fall of the Soviet Union, 1991-2011
      Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies 37th Annual Outreach Conference
      Saturday, April 30, 2011 – 9:15am-5:00pm
      Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley

4-4-11 3-2-11 2-17-11 2-1-11








  • Events, Reminders, Resources
  • Registration Deadline for is October 13 for  ORIAS Working Group at Humanities West
  • This list compiled by longtime world history instructor, Mark Welter, has been circulating on the H-world site. I think it makes a good checklist for the beginning of the year and you may enjoy it.

Mark Welter taught world history around 12 concepts. A quick summary:
1. Has any civilization been permanently successful?
2. Does history offer evidence for a "superior" race, creed or culture?
3. What is the impact of technology on culture?
4. How much unity is needed to have a culture function well?
5. Has anything in history happened because of one cause?
6. What is the best approach to change (revolution or gradual)?
7. Have there always been two logical views in addressing problems?
8. How important is a group's emphasis on learning?
9. To what extent do poverty and lack of opportunity lead to "isms"?
10. Are there general similarities between past and present?
11. To what extent do geography, topography and climate shape values and social structures?
12.  To what extent do cultural values and historical eras influence art styles and subjects?


  • Public Events:
    • Attention Language Arts Teachers  - Come discover sijo!
       “Dialogue on Korean poetry” • with David McCann, professor of Korean literature at Harvard (author of Urban Temple, his first collection of the Korean poetic form, sijo, written in English) and Robert Hass, professor of English and former U. S. poet laureate.
      • Thursday, October 7, 2010 • 4pm-5:30pm • Maude Fife Room


  • Public Events:
    • Jefferson Memorial Lectures
      Japanese American Incarceration Reconsidered: 1970-2010
      Roger Daniels — Charles Phelps Taft Professor Emeritus of History, University of Cincinnati
      September 14, 2010 — 4:10 PM
      International House Auditorium, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley
    • Bancroft Mexican Revolution Conference/Symposium/Exhibit
  • Resouces
    • EARMARC new catalogue
    • Sidney D. Gamble Photographs:  1917-1932 (China, Japan, Korea, San Francisco, and Russia.)
    • From Hiroshima to New York: Survivors of the 1945 A-Bombing of Hiroshima Discuss Their Experiences, Paper Cranes & 9/11 (Japan Society).Web cast of Mr. Masahiro Sasaki, whose sister has been immortalized in the story of Sadako and 1000 cranes, and Mr. Tsugio Ito, who had the misfortune of losing his brother at Hiroshima and his son at 9/11.  The subtitled webcast is of them speaking to American high school and middle school teachers. Additional lesson resources also on the Japan Society Web site.   http://aboutjapan.japansociety.org/content.cfm/from_hiroshima_to_new_york .
    • Archival interview footage and still photography on the Vietnam War primarily from "Vietnam: A Television History" now available online through "The Vietnam Collection," a new online video library at openvault.wgbh.org. Because of formatting issues, the videos have been mostly inaccessible to the public since the series ran. Through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the materials were reconstructed, transferred and digitized over the last two years as part of a joint project of the WGBH Media Library and Archives, the University of Massachusetts in Boston and the Columbia University Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.


  • Events:
    • October 22 and 23, 2010 - Venice: Queen of the Adriatic (ORIAS Working Group at Humanities West)
    • Other special offers for student and teachers at Humanities West.
  • Save the dates:
    • Teachers' Workshop at African Studies Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco - November 20, 2010.
    • World History Study Group 2010-11 • “Indian Ocean"
      Meetings at Mercy High School, 3250 19th Avenue, San Francisco (near Stonestown Galleria) • 5:00-7:00 pm
      Dates are TBA - in the past we have met the 3rd Wednesday of each month from October to April.


  • Special announcement from Andrew Hammann and ORIAS:

    I am happy to announce the launch of an online primary source archive and teaching tool entitled American Slavery Debate: In the Context of Atlantic History that I hope will help with you with class preparation and student research.  The website was developed under the auspices of the Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS) at UC-Berkeley.  It provides access to 320+ downloadable documents that illustrate the myriad of international influences that affected American attitudes toward slavery and antislavery between the American Revolution and the Civil War.  It has been designed to enable teachers of both American History and World History to apply a wider lens in their treatments of the complex subject of American slavery. (AH)

    URL:  http://atlanticslaverydebate.berkeley.edu



ORIAS Summer Institute

ORIAS Web Resources  


  • TEACHER INSTITUTE “Dissonant Voices: Seeking Justice in the American Experience” Free Teacher Institute at GGNRA & Angel Island For Middle and High School Teachers
    June 22-24, 2010
  • GEEO currently has openings in their summer travel programs to Peru, India, Tunisia and China. Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs professional development travel programs designed for teachers. 


ORIAS events: flyer

Also on campus this month:

  • Food, Culture and Identity in a Global Society: A Conversation with Darra Goldstein and Barry Glassner
    April 2, 2010, 12 noon, 3335 Dwinelle Hall
  • Food: History and Culture in the West
    April 30, 2010, 9AM-5:30, 223 Moses Hall


ORIAS events:

  • “Montgomery Mudras” at ACOE’s National History Day reception honoring Claudette Colvin (March 19)
  • The Voyage of the Kanrin Maru (April 17)
  • ORIAS at Humanities West: Florence of the Medici (April 30-May 1)
  • ISEEES outreach institute: From Old Regimes to New Democracies? Transitions in Eastern Europe, 1989-1990 (April 24)

On campus:

  • “North American Futures: Canada-U.S. Perspectives” (March 12-13)

Travel opportunities:

  • 2010 Toyota International Teacher Program to the
    Galapagos Island



  • Red Cross educators’ reception with Jimmie Briggs
  • ORIAS events
  • Resources online
  • Travel opportunities




  • Events

ORIAS workshop for world history and science educators.
ENERGY THROUGH THE AGES: Global Stories of Energy in Social and Political Life

World Savvy
Teacher Workshop: Water around the World

  • Resources on-line:

Origins: December 2009 issue, features: “1989 Twenty Years On: The End of Communism and the Fate of Eastern Europe” by Theodora Dragostinova
eHistory at The Ohio State University

The Pacific Film Archive Library and Film Study Center announces the launch of the newly redesigned CineFiles website.









  • Study travel: Silk Road to Silicon Highways -  Institute on China studies followed by study travel to Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, and Wuhan - June 29 - July 19, 2009.
  • World Savvy Teacher Workshop - Global Migration:  The World on the Move - May 12 & 14







    • Funded Study Travel In Korea this summer


  • 9-23-08
    • Film Screening and Panel: Anime Masters and Masterpieces: Grave of the Fireflies, Saturday, September 27, 2:00-5:00 pm
    • Exhibit and programs at Hearst museum: Traje de la Vida: Maya Textiles of Guatemala opening September 25.
    • Service learning: San Francisco’s Blue Planet Run Foundation
    • Exhibit: Doctors Without Borders: A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City - October 15-19, 2008
    • On-line Resource: African Access and Africana Book Awards
  • 9-3-08
    • Coming Events at ORIAS - Globalizing World History Study Group; Humanities West
    • Campus Events in September
    • On-line Resources for the new school year:

      Archive of classroom resources developed during ORIAS workshops.

       Archive of resources and links from past ORIAS events.

      FORA.tv’s World forum has a tremendous library of multimedia commentary, discussion, and debate on world events and ideas by leading area experts recorded during  public forums.  Engaging and useful material for high school classroom discussion “starters” abounds.

    • World History Connected: the Ejournal of Learning and Teaching. This issue features a variety of essays on world history pedagogy, as well as interviews, regular columns, and book reviews.

    • Travel: The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad deadline Sept. 12, 2008
    • Event: War, Justice and Human Dignity: Exploring Humanitarian Law Workshop for Educators
      August 14-15, 2008 Exhibit: "A Memory of Humanity: From Solferino to Guantanamo - 145 years of Red Cross Photography," showing July 15 - August 15.
      Held at Presidio of San Francisco (Officer's Club)
    • Event: Educators for Nonviolence offers its 3rd Annual Summer Conference & Teacher Training July 18-19, 2008 At Bishop O’Dowd High School, Oakland, CA
    • Podcast: BBC has posted the first of four broadcasts by China scholar Jonathan Spence speaking on Confucius. (Transcript is also posted.) The talk is followed by an interesting Q&A addressing Confucian thought and contemporary China.
      Web site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/reith2008/
  • 5-31-08
    • June issue of World History Connected: the Ejournal of Learning and Teaching http://www.worldhistoryconnected.org
    • From World Savvy: the Global Affairs Monitor – check it out for free during the months of May and June.
    • BAGEP/ORIAS/Humanities West Working Group resources on-line for 2007-8 programs on Voltaire, Genghis Khan, Pericles: http://orias.berkeley.edu/2008/2008WorkingGroupHome.htm
    • Reminders: PFA Educators’ workshop - How to Read a Film: A Visual Literacy Workshop ORIAS reminders at: http://orias.berkeley.edu
  • 5-6-08
    • Empire to Empire: The Americas in the Age of Exploration Center for Latin America’s 2008 Summer Institute for Teachers
      July 14-16, 2008
    • Performance: "Rakugo: Japanese Sit-down Comedy in English" Kaishi Katsura, Ambassodor, Ministry of Culture, Japan
      When: Saturday, May 17, 2008 -7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • ORIAS Summer Institute Agenda now on-line.
    • Reminders:
      Lecture Thurs, May 8 : Samuel Garang Akau, of the “Lost Boys” who escaped from Sudan during the 1990s, speaks on his recent work in Sudan.
      PFA Educators’ workshop - How to Read a Film
  • 4-29-08
    • Lecture: Samuel Garang Akau, of the lost boys who escaped from Sudan during the 1990s, speaks on his recent work in Sudan.
    • Exhibit: A Memory of Humanity: From Solferino to Guantanamo 145 Years of Red Cross Photography
    • Educators workshop - Exploring Humanitarian Law
    • Film: (This Thursday!) Bolinao 52 - Film screening and discussion with the filmmaker Duc Nguyen
    • Educators workshop - How to Read a Film: A Visual Literacy Workshop for High School Teachers and Media Educators
    • Reminders from ORIAS:
      Teacher Institute: Russian Emigration in Historical Perspective: Russians in California
      Pestilence and Public Health - ORIAS World History Summer Institute waiting list
  • 4-14-08
    • Russian Emigration in Historical Perspective: Russians in California (34th Annual Teacher Outreach Conference at the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at U. C. Berkeley). May 3, 2008.
    • Webcast: Story Hour in the Library at UCB.
    • ORIAS event reminders:
      Pestilence and Public Health Summer Institute
      Athens in the Time of Pericles - working group at Humanities West, May 2-3
  • 4-8-08
    • ORIAS/BAGEP 2008 Working Group at Humanities West
    • Pestilence and Public Health - ORIAS World History Summer Institute
    • Cal Day – Open House on campus April 12
    • 2008 Edith Coliver Festival of Cultures at International House, April 12 5. At the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
    • KQED: Community Classroom: Engaging Students and Teachers Through Film,
      April 22, 2008
    • "Water and the Developing World: Voices from Industry, Policy, and the Human Rights Perspective" Conference at Stanford
    • Travel opportunities:
      Toyota International Teachers Program – Galapagos Islands – Fall 2008
      IREX – Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program – Eurasia/South Asia
  • 3-13-08
    • Featured campus event: Modern Sport and the Formation of European Identities
    • ORIAS upcoming events:
      • What's In a Document? A Look At Justinian and Roman Law - Hands-on workshop with rare manuscripts in the Robbins collection and focus group for curriculum resource on Justinian and Roman law. March 29th, 2008.
      • ORIAS at Humanities West - Athens In The Time Of Pericles Friday, May 2 - Web resources from the Legacy of Genghis Khan meeting
    • World Affairs Challenge
    • EARMARC Spring 2008 Workshop/Screening
    • 26th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
  • 3-3-08
    • Registration due for Robbin’s Collection Workshop: What's In a Document? A Look At Justinian and Roman Law
    • Modern Sport and the Formation of European Identities
    • Public workshop at the Center for Chinese Studies, UCB: “The Beijing Olympics”
    • Pestilence and Public Health - ORIAS World History Summer Institute
    • From World Savvy: “Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War"
    • This weekend! The 47th Annual CCSS Conference (special pre-conference World History workshop in San Francisco this Thursday)
  • 2-19-08
    • ORIAS events
    • Opportunities from: The Pacific Film Archive, BAGEP, Facing the Future and World Savvy.
    • News for Foreign Language teachers.
    • Webwalking: Lostboyz - Cambodian-American life
  • 2-5-08
    • Coming events at ORIAS
    • This Sunday: The Panchatantra: Indian animal fables
    • The Enduring Legacy of Genghis Khan - Free ticket offer.
    • Off-campus events: Hearst Museum; BAGEP; World Savvy; CCSS.
    • Courtesy Announcement - travel: Global Alliance; East West Center
  • 1-16-08
    • Heads-up on the Panchatantra Indian animal fables meeting at ORIAS, Feb 10, 2008: we are adding a related workshop on using theatre in the classroom conducted by Dave Maier, outreach coordinator for the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.
    • Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America – teach-in at Berkeley on Jan. 31, 2008.
    • Portrait of Turkey: One-day workshop at the World Affairs Council with a special educator session - Feb 2, 2008.
    • Web-walking: Muslim Minorities in Southeast Asia; 2007 Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies; The U.S. and Iran: Confronting Policy Alternatives from Choices
  • 1-2-08
    • ORIAS/BAGEP History Through Literature Meeting – Literature from the Hebrew Bible –January 27, 2008.
    • Asian Art Museum - Arts of Buddhism: Cultivating Mindfulness - Saturday, January 12, 2008
    • Web walking: Digital TV and the World Chinese Voices now on-line
    • Looking ahead:
      • ORIAS Summer Institute, July 28-August 1, 2008 – Disease in World History
      • WACSP Foreign Policy Conference at Asilomar, May 2-4, 2008 – Deadline 2/15
      • NEH Summer Seminars – Deadline 3/3

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Contact: Michele Delattre at the Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS) at orias@berkeley.edu or by calling 510/643-0868.