The United States in Afghanistan

Promoting Civic Engagement in the Classroom

All Educators Are Invited

All educators are invited to join in building a community of educators interested in collaborating with each other to teach about contested international issues and civic engagement.

Saturday, Nov. 10th 2012 at 9:15am-1pm

2233 N Clark St

Chicago, IL

Francis Parker School



Registration and Coffee

9:30 – 10:00

Notes from the Classroom: Teaching about Afghanistan and Civic Engagement

2012 Summer Institute participants share their classroom successes and struggles. Choices Teaching Fellows Kevin Conlon (Francis Parker School) and Kelly McKee (Lake Forest High School)

10:00 -11:00 Connected Histories of Pakistan and Afghanistan

Ryan Perkins, Postdoctoral Fellow in South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 –12:30 Why Discussion, Why Issues, Why Schools?

Diana Hess, Senior Vice President of The Spencer Foundation

12:30-12:50 Resources for Teaching Pakistan and Afghanistan

Irving Birkner, Associate Director, Committee on Southern Asian Studies and the South Asia Center at University of Chicago

12:50 – 1:00 Next Steps

Webinar 2013; Choices Google Site, door prizes and certificates of completion

Registration is free but space is limited.

Register by emailing your name, school name, and what you teach to Mimi Stephens, Choices Professional Development Director. A confirmation email will be sent to you. For more information, contact local Teaching Fellows Kevin Conlon or Kelly McKee.

C. Ryan Perkins

C. Ryan Perkins is a scholar of modern South Asian history, Urdu and Pashtu literature, with linguistic training in Urdu, Hindi, Persian, Pashtu and Deccani. He specializes in the literary history of Islamic South Asia, with a focus on the social, cultural and literary history of the regions from north India and the Deccan to contemporary Pakistan and Afghanistan.. He is currently teaching courses related to the literary and cultural history of Afghanistan and Pakistan, with a focus on popular culture, orality and literary forms of resistance.

Diana Hess

Diana Hess is the Senior Vice-President of the Spencer Foundation. She is on leave from her position as a professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Formerly, Hess was a high school teacher, teachers’ union president, and the associate executive director of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago. Her first book on this topic, Controversy in the Classroom: The Democratic Power of Discussion won the National Council for the Social Studies Exemplary Research Award in 2009. She is currently writing two other books about controversial issues and civic education, including The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education, co-authored by Paula McAvoy, which will be published in 2013.