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Community College Master Teacher Institute

Global Populism:  At Home and Abroad

“The election of Donald J. Trump as the U.S. President in 2016, Brexit, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France—these are just a few of the recent events that have focused the world’s attention on populism” according to the 2018 JSIS Task Force Report, The Global Implications of Populism on Democracy.

But what is populism? U.S. historian Michael Kazin describes it as a political “language.”  Ernesto Laclau, an Argentine political theorist, characterizes populism as a “logic” that “pits the people against the elites or an establishment, and seeks to mobilize the former against the latter.” (Scott Sinclair, http://behindthenumbers.ca/2017/07/06/populism-ascending/).  Is Populism a fixed ideology or a way of thinking? A way of being? What are the implications of global populist movements on globalization, identity, judicial independence, democracy, refugee movements, press freedom and gender equality – these are just a few of the critical challenges facing us today.

Please join us for a two day curriculum development workshop focused on Global Populism and how to respond as a resilient and dynamic learning community.  We will examine this topic through the disciplinary perspectives of economics, communications, anthropology, environmental studies, business, geography, history, sociology, and other frameworks.  Learn how to incorporate the topic Global Populism into your existing curricula, develop activities to bring back to the classroom, and connect with colleagues.


Dates:                          July 12 – 13, 2018 (Thursday and Friday)


Time:                           8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Registration (Thursday)

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Workshop

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Workshop (Friday)


Location:                      University of Washington, Seattle campus


This institute will bring together community college educators interested in networking with their peers and incorporating new information on international studies into their teaching and mentoring. Community college faculty from all disciplines, especially including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), are encouraged to apply.  University of Washington and community college faculty, practitioners, and graduate students will lead this two day workshop.

We expect lively discussions and informative lectures. Community college educators will be paid a stipend of $150.00 if they are selected to participate and attend all of the two-day programming.  This workshop does not include clock hours. Travel stipends will be available for those coming from east of the Cascades and outside of Washington State.

Applications are due on or before June 13, 2018. Applicants will be notified by June 23, 2018 if they have been accepted into the program.

To apply click here: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/tleonard/355298

Sponsored by the National Resource Centers of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies – University of Washington, Northwest International Education Association, Global Business Center at the Michael G. Foster School of Business – University of Washington, Institute for Regional and International Studies – University of Wisconsin, and funded by the United States Department of Education.

For more information, please contact Tamara Leonard at tleonard@uw.edu or call 206.685-2354.