Working Group: The Other Europe

The Other Europe is an ORIAS working group for middle and high school history-social science teachers.

World History textbooks and courses often focus on Western European events and perspectives in historical narratives about Europe. This hinders student understanding of major historical processes: the end of the Roman Empire, the Protestant Reformation, the rise of liberalism, imperialism, and the Cold War, just to name a few. And, as we see now, it means students are missing necessary background to contextualize and make sense of current developments like Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The goal of The Other Europe is to re-examine a number of core topics in World History from a Russian/Eastern European perspective. ORIAS will convene a team of 5 middle and high school teachers, plus a scholar-expert, to form a learning community to meet along the following schedule:
  • November 2022 - May 2023: Seven 2-hour meetings with scholar-experts. Participants will be asked to do ~90 minutes of preparatory reading before each meeting.
  • June - August 2022: Participants work independently to create a lesson appropriate to their own teaching context.
  • October 2023: Participants will convene to share and discuss lessons
Each teacher-participant will receive a stipend of $1150 for their work.
Participation via Zoom is possible.
Preference will be given to local Bay Area teachers.
Application due October 15.

Apply to join the Working Group

Readings & Meetings

Meeting 1

When: Fall 2022, exact date TBD

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Meeting 2

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Meeting 3

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Meeting 4

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Meeting 5

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Meeting 6

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Meeting 7

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Meeting 8

When: Fall 2023, exact date TBD

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