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Ellison Center - 2017 Summer Teacher Workshop: Coming to Terms with the Authoritarian Past in Europe and Russia

2017 Summer Teacher Workshop:
Coming to Terms with the Authoritarian Past in Europe and Russia

For Middle School, High School, and Community College Educators
Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thomson Hall 317, University of Washington, Seattle




Travel Stipends

We are extending the deadline for travel stipend applications to July 16th. This funding is available for teachers and community college instructors coming from beyond the Puget Sound and from outside of Washington State. To be considered, workshop attendees must be registered for the workshop and need to also complete the travel funding application. Please note, everyone must pay the $35 workshop registration fee, regardless of travel stipend award status. Recipients of stipends will be notified soon after the application deadline.


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Workshop Registration

Space is limited, so please register soon. After registering, please remember to mail us your registration fee check for $35 - your spot at the workshop is not confirmed until we have received your check. The workshop includes 6 clock hours, parking, teaching materials and lunch. Priority will be given to full time teachers and community college instructors.


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Workshop Theme

Following the end of the First World War, Europe found itself transformed. France and England emerged intact and victorious, but defeated Germany found itself to be an unhappy neighbor of the revived Polish state. The ancient Habsburg Monarchy divided into a number of precarious and nationally defined states, every one of which contained an unsatisfied minority. Hungary lost the majority of its historic territory and many Hungarians found themselves to be the unwanted citizens of foreign states. The Russian Empire not only lost much of its territory after the October 1917 Revolution, but was upturned as it was re-imagined by the Bolsheviks as a global, socialist beacon to Europe’s peoples.

How have the various societies responded to periods of civil and ethnic conflict? Do East and West Germany share a common identity? Have the years following the Troubles in Ireland come to mend relations? Has the Hungarian kingdom accepted the loss of its historic lands after the Treaty of Trianon? How are Russians treating the 100th year anniversary of the October Revolution that welcomed the Bolsheviks? Has Spain successfully addressed the scars of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath? And how do the states of Central and Eastern Europe, where state borders do not always coincide with ethnicity, regard the 21st century state of European affairs?

Read more about this year's theme, the travel stipends eligibility criteria, and registration instructions on the workshop website.

Please forward this announcement to any teachers or community college instructors you think might be interested in the workshop. If you have any questions, please email the Center for West European Studies at