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Scholar-Teacher World History Series 2013-2014

These workshops are free of charge and focused on world history content.


These workshops include a talk by a historian and a sample lesson connected to the content.  To reserve a spot, please email Mary Miller at


  • Water and the City

Thursday, February  20 from 4:30-7:30 PM at UCLA

This session will include a talk by Professor Nick Menzies, who will cover some general concepts about the topic of water and urbanization such as city siting and will also speak to a city’s ecological footprint, which is, of course, much wider than it boundaries.  Dr. Menzies’s talk will be followed by lesson applications, and this is a topic that spans almost all grade levels.  In Grades 3, 4, and 11, we can look locally at our city’s site and water situation.  The same concepts apply to world cities in Grades 6, 7, and 10.  In Grades 8 and 10, we have the important link to industrialization, and in Grade 12, issues of public policy, especially economic ones, arise so whatever history class you teach, we’ll have something for you.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Asia Institute.


Past Programs

  • Documenting the Tahrir Square Uprisings

Thursday, October 24 from 4-7:30 PM in Culver City

This session will include a talk by Michael Gasper, Occidental College, and an introduction to an online collection of original documents (with translations) from the 2011 uprisings that resulted in the departure of President Hosni Mubarak.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies.


  • The River Niger

Thursday, November 21 from 4-7:30 PM in Culver City

This session will include a speaker and lesson application focused on Standard 7.4 and geography information that has universal application.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA African Studies Center.


  • Traveling the Silk Road

Saturday, January 18 from 10 AM-1 PM at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park

This session will offer an opportunity to visit the Natural History Museum’s Silk Road exhibit.  While the emphasis of the exhibit is on the wide-ranging trading networks during the Medieval era, there will also be excellent geography information that is useful for all grades.

Co-sponsored by the Natural History Museum



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