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Climate Optimism: Finding Creative Solutions and Making Positive Impacts – A Virtual Workshop for Educators; Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIRC) K-12 Educator Event 

Friday, June 28, 2024; 9Am-4PM CST

This workshop will provide new ideas for teaching related to climate change to enable more optimistic approaches in the classroom and mitigate the phenomena of doomscrolling and “climate despair.” Featured speakers will bring international, regional, and local expertise to our exchange to provide attendees with practical classroom activities, tangible examples of success, and suggestions for incorporating climate optimism outside of the science classroom.

Wisconsin Books Project 

The Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to offer public libraries throughout Wisconsin the opportunity to enrich their collections with new titles. Libraries across the state are invited to submit proposals to purchase books and materials and/or facilitate programming that will enable Wisconsin readers to deepen their understanding of South Asia. We encourage applicants to select books from the recommended book list, which includes titles for adults as well as children and young adults. This project is supported with federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI. National Resource Center program, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Library Services team.

The application deadline is Friday, November 3rd, 2023. The link to the Wisconsin Books Project application for 2023 can be found here.

International Children’s Literature Celebration: Folk and Fairy Tales 

Saturday, December 2, 2023; 9AM-4PM CST

The International Children’s Literature Celebration: Folk and Fairytales is a workshop for educators, librarians, students, and children’s literature enthusiasts. Award winning authors will present mini lectures and host roundtable discussions, with signed copies of their books available for attendees.

The Good Life: Global Perspectives on Wellbeing and Happiness

July 24, 2023; 10AM-4PM

This virtual workshop will discuss the how different cultures define topics related to “the good life,” such as wellbeing and happiness. It will also discuss how world events, appropriation, and the passage of time have effected these definitions and practices.

Environmental Crisis, Development, and Human Rights in South Asia: Past and Present

An Online Workshop for Educators Seeking New Ways of Addressing the Climate Crisis, Hosted by the Center for South Asia

Friday, July 15, 2:00 PM CDT – Registration will remain open until July 15 (Click here to register) – A Zoom link will be shared with all registered participants ahead of the event

Environmental Crisis, Development, and Human Rights in South Asia: Past and Present – An online workshop for educators seeking new ways of addressing the climate crisis.

Supporting materials will be provided for all attendees. K-12 and Community College Educators: early registrants will be entered into a drawing for free book bundles containing materials recommended by our panelists! Register by July 1 to enter!

Featured speakers include:

Deepa Badrinarayana (Professor, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Chapman University) – topics will address ongoing work with environmental law and human rights in South Asia

Shobhana Chelliah (Distinguished Professor of Linguistics and Associate Dean of Research and Advancement at the College of Information, University of North Texas) – topics may include Indigenous and endangered language documentation in South Asia and the mounting crisis climate change poses to minoritized language communities

Thomas Crowley (PhD Candidate in Geography, Rutgers University and author of Fractured Forest, Quartzite City: A History of Delhi and Its Ridge) – topics may include the environmental history of Delhi and its contemporary relevance, or the intersection of caste, development, and the disproportionate impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities.

CSEAS Spring 2022 Workshop: (Virtual) Empowering Educators to teach on Genocide 

January 15-16, 2022

Join the Center For Southeast Asian Studies in their professional development workshop, empowering  Wisconsin’s K-12 educators to teach on genocide and fulfill the mandates of Act 30, the new law passed by the Wisconsin legislature and Governor Evers in April 2021. There will be two sessions, the first on Saturday, January 15 featuring talks on genocide cases in regions of the world that our UW-Madison area studies centers represent. The second session on Sunday, January 16 will feature an overview of Act 30 and a talk by Samantha Goldberg, Director of Education at the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC), on practical techniques and resources available for teaching confidently on genocide and other sensitive issues covered by the workshop. Click here to access more information on the CSEAS page 


IRIS International Book Club: Social Justice: Writing For, Writing Back

November 18, 2021; 4-5PM CST

Join the UW-Madison Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) International Book Club and the Center for South Asia (CSA) for the online November Book Club which will include a presentation by Author Randa Abdel-Fattah and a discussion of how she has come to understand social justice from a local, individualized struggle to a global solidarity movement and what inspires her to write The Lines We Cross. Click here to access the official flyer for the event.


IRIS International Book Club: Using Literature to Explore SDG 4: Quality Education

September 29, 2021; 4-5PM CST

Join the UW-Madison Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) International Book Club, Indiana University’s Center for the Study of Global Change, and the Center for South Asia (CSA) for the online September Book Club which will include a presentation by Dr. Elisheva Cohen (Postdoctoral Fellow in International Issues and Sustainable Development at Indiana University) and a discussion of Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai (K-5), Sarafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg (6-8), and The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare (9-12). Click here to access the official flyer for the event.


May 2021 Global Partition Series

In collaboration with the UW-Madison Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), Center for European Studies (ES), and African Studies Program (ASP), the Center for South Asia (CSA) held a series of K-12 teacher training workshops around the theme of global partitions.

Yasmin Saikia (Hardt-Nickachos Endowed Chair in Peace Studies and Professor of History, Arizona State University)

Topic: Impact of partition on Bangladesh

Hosted by CSA and IRIS

Click here to access resources from the event

Anna Oltman (Lecturer, Human Rights, University College London)

Topic: Brexit’s Impact across the United Kingdom

Hosted by CSA, ES, & IRIS

Click here to access resources from the event

Heinz Klug (Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law and Sheldon B. Lubar Distinguished Research Chair, UW Law School, and Visiting Professor, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)

Title Topic: Historical and colonial contexts in South Africa and beyond

Hosted by ASP & IRIS


International Career Series: International Education

The Global Engagement Office, International Studies Major, Middle East Studies Program, Center for South Asia, African Studies Program, and the Global Higher Education Master’s program hosted an event on International Education (careers related to: international educational development, international education in higher education, and international teaching) for undergraduate and graduate students.

Speakers Emily Hall and Anne Smiley will discussed how to leverage your international and regional studies and related expertise to achieve your career goals in International Education.

  • Emily Hall is a Community Engagement Coordinator for the U.S. Department of State funded English Language Programs at Center for Intercultural Education and Development at Georgetown University. Emily also worked as a Program Officer for Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Programs at the Institute of International Education and was an educator in Nepal, Tanzania, and the United States.
  • Anne Smiley is an Associate Director of Research and Evaluation at FHI 360’s Global Education, Employment and Engagement business unit. Anne also has worked in Egypt, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan.


IRIS-CSA, “Invisible Communities and the Places We Ignore: A Writing Workshop”