July 17, 2017, 9:00am
Legendary Empires: Power, People & Politics: A Workshop for Teachers
Location: University of Pennsylvania, Carriage House, Penn Museem

The University of Pennsylvania’s National Resource Centers present the Global Summer Institute 2017.

This year’s Summer Institute, which is titled Legendary Empires: Power, People and Politics, will take place July 17-21, 9:30 am–4:00 pm at the Carriage House (LGBT Center) University of Pennsylvania, 3907 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

The Global Summer Institute is a five-day K-12 teacher training organized by the University of Pennsylvania’s National Resource Centers focusing on global education. This year’s theme will focus on creative interpretations of “empire,” exploring fabled kings and queens, dynasties that reshaped landscapes, colonial rulers and modern empires.

The Summer Institute is a five-days teacher training program jointly organized by Penn National Resource, Penn Museum, and Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture. A full itinerary of the Summer Institute will be made available to participants, but the topics and themes that will be covered during the each day of the Institute is as follows:

The program for Monday, July 17th will feature lectures by Brian Spooner, Professor in Anthropology at University of Pennsylvania, and Tuna Artun who is an Assistant Professor in History at Rutgers University. Professor Spooner will give an overview of Middle Eastern Empires focusing on the Achaemenians, Parthians, Sasanians, and the Persianate administrations of the eastern Islamic world from the Taherids in Nishapur (starting in 821) to the Ottomans, Mughals and Qajars in the late medieval and early modern periods. Professor Spooner will also provide an account how the Colonial Empires affected the Middle East and the consequences in modern time. Professor Artun will give a presentation on the Ottoman Empire as world history. Monday, July 17th will also feature lectures and performances by Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture.

Tuesday, July 18, will feature a tour of newest exhibition at the Penn Museum, Cultures in the Crossfire by a museum docent.  Ellen Owens and Hitomi Yoshida, from the Penn Museum will provide an activity about visual literacy through Egyptian Empires. Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, will provide an interactive lecture. The entire day will take place at Penn Muesum. 

Wednesday, July 19, will feature a tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art’s new South Asia Gallery as well as lectures by Devan Patel, Associate Professor of South Asia Studies, Megan Robb, Assistant Professor of South Asian Religions, and speakers from the Center of Africana Studies. Professor Patel’s lecture will focus on Hindu and Buddhist Empires, while Professor Robb’s lecture will address Muslim Empires in South Asia.

Thursday, July 20, will feature lectures by Dr. Mitch Fraas, Curator of Special Collections, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, David Dettman, Associate Director of the Center for East Asian Studies, Daud Ali, Associate Professor of South Asia Studies and speakers from the Center of Africana Studies. Dr. Fraas’ lecture will demonstrate how primary sources can be used to teach Empire in India, while David Dettman’s lecture will focus on empires in Korea and Mongolia. Professor Ali’s lecture will focus on colonialism in South Asia. Thursday, July 20, will also feature a Teacher Reflection and Talk Back led by Sarah Sharp.

Friday, July 21, the final day of the workshop will provide particpants the opportunity to present their lesson plans and share ideas. 

Registration is free: Participants receive ACT 48 credit and a $ 100 stipend for attendance and completion of all workshops.

Apply at https://goo.gl/forms/EB1wjz6YPLF5IVOj2 

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

For more information, please click here. 


We hope to see you there!

Middle East Center, South Asia Center, Penn Museum, Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Africana Studies.