Teaching Materials

Resources on MediterraneanU-M Lectures on Mediterranean



Few world regions concentrate in themselves so many of today's most pressing geopolitical issues as the Mediterranean. Long studied in a fragmented way, the Mediterranean is now being reinterpreted as a space of connections, exchanges, and contacts made possible by the sea, and as the stage for the possible emergence of new collective identities. In 2011 and 2012, the Center for European Studies in collaboration with many units across university, held a series of events highlighting the changing political and cultural landscape taking shape along the Mediterranean's shores. Migration processes across the Mediterranean have provided an especially topical focus. Anthropologists, Marco Jacquemet, Liliana Suarez-Navaz and Gregory Feldman, who have carried out both field work and theoretical reflection about migration and its consequences on both shores of the Mediterranean, helped us set the current anti-authoritarian revolts on the southern shores of the Mediterranean in a broader context. We also invite you to view lectures devoted to history of the Mediterranean by Peregrine Horden, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Pamela Ballinger and Natalie Rothman; lectures devoted to art history by Emine Fatvaci and Mary Roberts; and lectures devoted to literature by Gazmend Kapllani and Mehmet Yashin. This series involved lectures, interdisciplinary workshops, library exhibitions on the Mediterranean, and film screenings. The series was part of LSA Theme Semesters on Water and Language.

Lecture videos

"The Balkan Sight of the Mediterranean (or the Unbearable Similarity of the Other)." Gazmend Kapllani, author.

"Cultural Hybridity in the Medieval Mediterranean: A Concept in Search of Evidence?" Peregrine Horden, professor of history, University of London.

"The Sultan’s Album: Bringing the Empire into the Palace." Emine Fetvaci, assistant professor of art history, Boston University.

"'Fortress Europe': Pushing Back Unwanted Migrants." Marco Jacquemet, associate professor and chair of communication studies, University of San Francisco.

"The Rebordering of the Mediterranean. European Citizenship and Migration from the Spanish Perspective." Liliana Suárez Navaz, professor of anthropology and director, Action on Migration and Community Relations, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

"The Connecting Sea: Charting the Mediterranean across the Disciplines." Roundtable moderator: Dario Gaggio (history); w/ Maria Hadjipolycarpou and Amr Kamal (comparative lit.); and Karla Mallette (Italian and Near Eastern studies). U-M.

"Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema: The Conquest of Libya and the Assault on the Nomadic." Ruth Ben-Ghiat, chair, department of Italian studies and professor of Italian studies and history, New York University.

"Milan's Chinatown: The Chinese in Italy's Cultural Imagination." Graziella Parati, Paul D. Pagnucci Professor of Italian literature and language, and chair of the French and Italian department, Dartmouth College.

"Billy and the Apparatus: The Isolating Effects of 'Managed Migration' to the European Union." Gregory Feldman, Simon Fraser University. 

 "Transcultural Aesthetics and Inscriptions of the Artist: Self-portraiture in Nineteenth-century Istanbul." Mary Roberts, John Schaeffer Associate Professor of British Art, University of Sydney.

"Between Empire and Gaddafi: Italian Settlers in Libya, 1943-1960." Pamela Ballinger, Fred Cuny Professor of International Human Rights and associate professor of history, U-M.

"Trans-imperial Subjects and the Mediation of Sovereignty in the Early Modern Mediterranean." Natalie Rothman, assistant professor of history, University of Toronto.

 “Writing from a Mediterranean Island: In-Between Languages and Literary Spaces.” Mehmet Yashin, poet and author. 

"The Colonial Mediterranean and Its Place in European History." Sakis Gekas, assistant professor and Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History, York University. 

Films available at the U-M’s  Askwith Media Library:

A Touch of Spice. Tassos Boulmetis, director. In Turkish and Greek with English subtitles (108 min., 2003).

A Talking Picture. Manoel de Oliviera, director. In Portuguese, French, and Greek with English subtitles (93 min., 2003).

I, the Other. Mohsen Melliti, director. In Italian with English, French, and Italian subtitles (78 min., 2007).

Eden is West. Costa-Gavras, director. In French, English, and Greek with English subtitles (107 min., 2009).

Giallo a Milano (Made in Chinatown). Sergio Basso, director. In Italian and Mandarin with English subtitles (75 min., 2009).

Resources on SpainU-M Lectures on Spain

Spain's Transition to Democracy

In conjunction with the Spanish presidency of the European Union, the University of Michigan's Center for European Studies-European Union Center (CES-EUC), in collaboration with the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED), devoted the winter semester of 2010 to exploring recent debates about the meanings of transition and memory in democratic Spain.

Since Francisco Franco's death in 1975, Spain's transition from dictatorship to democracy, culminating in the country's full integration in the European Union, has been hailed in some quarters as a model transition for the countries of Eastern Europe and Latin America. The political, juridical, and cultural composition of Spain's transition, still up for debate 35 years after its inception, has attracted the interest of the Spanish public and scholars of history, political science, and cultural studies. Conversations on Europe series attempted to place Spain’s experience in a broad conceptual and comparative framework and to explore how the transition to democracy has affected both the construction of historical discourses and the experience of the present. Included in the discussions are the historical, political, and cultural tensions underlying the controversial laws of historical memory, recently approved by the Spanish parliament; the juridical and political status of "the disappeared"; and  the language of disagreement between "Left" and "Right" in contemporary Spain. Speakers in the series included Jo Labanyi, director of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at New York University; Joan Ramon Resina, director of the Institute for Iberian Studies, Stanford University; Gema Pérez-Sánchez, associate professor of Spanish, University of Miami; Konstantinos Kornetis, visiting assistant professor of modern Greek and Balkan history, Brown University; and Sebastiaan Faber, professor and chair of Hispanic studies,Oberlin College. 

Lecture Videos

"Dealing with the Legacy of Political Violence: Memory Debates and the Role of the Audiovisual Media in Spain." Jo Labanyi, professor of Spanish and Portuguese and director, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, New York University.
"The Spanish Transition to Democracy as Postwar Times." Joan Ramon Resina, professor of Iberian and Latin American cultures and director, Institute for Iberian Studies, Stanford University.
"The Unfinished Business of the Spanish Transition to Democracy." Gema Pérez-Sánchez, associate professor of Spanish, University of Miami.
"Past (Im)perfect or Present Continuous? The Greek and Spanish Democratic Transitions in Retrospect."
Konstantinos Kornetis, visiting assistant professor of modern Greek and Balkan history, Brown University. Co-sponsor: Modern Greek Program.
"History, Memory, Fiction: The Struggle over Discursive Hegemony in the Representation of Spain’s Violent Past."
Sebastiaan Faber, professor and chair of Hispanic studies,Oberlin College.

Read article in the LSA WIRE: "Breaking the Silence." May 4, 2010.


Syllabi and Lesson Plans on EuropeDeveloped by Michigan teachers and faculty

SYLLABI (courses offered at the University of Michigan):

Politics if the European Union - Carolina DeMiguel

LESSON PLANS (developed  by Michigan teachers):

Grades 6-8:
The European Union: United in Diversity
A United Europe for the Common Good

Grades 9-12:
Webquest for gaining real life experience using the euro in Spain
Discovering the European Union Scavenger Hunt
Governments in the European Union


Muslims in Europe Curriculum UnitDeveloped by Michigan teachers and faculty

This project builds on the EUC funded "Muslims in Europe" research project conducted by Professor Ken Kollman and the group of researchers in Europe. A group of five teachers from three Ann Arbor high schools created a curriculum unit to examine the concept of European citizenship and religion in various countries. Each teacher wrote a part of the curriculum unit to be used in high schools. Covered topics: Ottoman heritage; European expansion/imperialism in Muslim areas; the post-war economic boom and resulting migration to Europe; diverse expressions of Islam; geography and Muslim populations; defining Europe and Europeans; social problems, economic situations, and political issues.

To download this curriculum unit please click here.The unit is also available on CD upon request. To request a CD please send e-mail to cesmichigan@umich.edu.

EU Education ResourcesK-12 Resources offered by EU Centers of Excellence

The Network of European Union Centers of Excellence comprises ten research universities around the United States. Founded by the European Commission, the group is dedicated to advancing the study of the European Union as an international actor.

Educational resources

Online Lesson Plans on European UnionOfferd by the EU Delegation to the United States

The Delegation of the European Union to the United States invites teachers and students to learn more about contemporary Europe. A new series of 10 free online lesson plans about the EU designed by educators to support History and Social Sciences curricula in the United States, primarily for grades 9-12. Each lesson is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation and can be used as a stand-alone lesson or in combination with others. 


  • A Rationale for Studying Europe
  • The Geography of Europe
  • Cultural Identity
  • The Founding and Development of the EU
  • Structure of Government within the EU
  • The EU's Economic and Monetary Union
  • The Single Market and Free Trade
  • Immigration to the EU
  • The Environment, Energy and Climate Change
  • The EU on the World Stage: Security, Stability and Prosperity

Additional Resources for Educators and Students can be found at www.eurunion.org