Case studies of the Cold War: a course for teachers and lecturers

Case Studies of the Cold War: A Course for Teachers and Lecturers in Europe

18-22 April 2012, Utrecht

Deadline : 15 October 2011


The University of Utrecht, in partnership with the Harry S. Truman Library and the Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security, and with support of Euroclio, will pilot an intensive five-day course for secondary school teachers, PhD Students and (junior) university lecturers in the spring of 2012. The course will take place from 18-22 April 2012, at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. During this course, the Truman Library and the Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security will disclose new archival material from both sides of the Iron Curtain to the participants. The participants will use this material to create their own lesson plans.

The event will take place under the auspices of the Department of History and Art History at the University of Utrecht. The course will build on similar such seminars organized by the Harry S. Truman Library for American teachers in the past and will explore how to continue the program in the future for European teachers. The range of the course will nevertheless be extended, since (junior) university lecturers and PhD students will also be invited to attend. Presenters will examine the origins of the Cold War, explore its unique features, and discuss its enduring legacy. Teachers will have the opportunity to hear outstanding international scholars from around the world and discuss the latest research on the topic. Educators will also be expected to create lesson plans and teaching materials based on the presentations.

A unique feature of the course will be the international interaction between the scholars and the teachers. The scholars and teachers will be given the opportunity to work together to consider the best way to apply the latest historical research in the classroom or in seminars. Sessions will allow the scholars and teachers to engage in discussion and to build strategies for teaching use.

Teachers will have access to numerous primary sources from the Truman Library online archives and the PHP online collections during the course. They will be encouraged to share their ideas and create lesson plans during the course. Additional resources from European archives will be made available during the week to encourage teachers to share their views and interpretations of the documents.

Program and details: CaseStudiesoftheColdWar (PDF)


Emilia Robin

Chercheuse associée à l'UMR SIRICE. Violons d'Ingres : guerre froide, médiation scientifique, logiciels libres

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