World History and Literature Initiative


U-M International Institute
1080 South University, Room 1636,
Ann Arbor, MI
Wednesday, June 17 - Friday, June 19; 8:45 AM - 4 PM
Registration deadline: Monday, June 10th, 2015

Cost for all three days is $45. SCHECHs available, please bring a $15 processing fee. 

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The World History Initiative has changed its name and focus. We are now the World History and Literature Initiative (WHaLI) to include literature and texts – broadly conceived – in our workshops as well as expanding our audience to include teachers of English Language Arts. Historians and history teachers have long understood the value and necessity of using literature and texts in “doing” history and “doing” the teaching and learning history. Further, scholars and teachers of literature have long realized that situating literature in historical context brings enormous value to the study of any text. With the state of Michigan’s new emphasis on adolescent literacy, schools are emphasizing disciplinary literacy in history and ELA courses. We are offering our first WHaLI workshop to help world history teachers use literature to teach history and ELA teachers to use history to teach literature. Not bound to any specific era or region of the world, we will explore specific practices employed by historians, scholars of literature, and respective teachers to study of the past and its texts. As has been our practice, the presentations and resources used in the workshop are made available to participants for use in their own classrooms.

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