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Annual Teacher Training Workshop


Each academic year CSEEES organizes an annual teacher training workshop to provide teachers with the knowledge and resources to bring effectively Eastern European and Eurasian content into the classroom. The workshops familiarize teachers with the histories, cultures, and languages of Eastern Europe and Eurasia in order to develop the global competencies of students. This then enables students to connect historical events across countries and time periods, recognize and assess themes in literature and the arts, and analyze the events of today from a variety of perspectives. The workshops also provide teachers with classrooms resources and guidance on other sources of information.

A guest expert leads the workshop to give participating teachers a strong foundation in the topic. Attendees are provided with readings in advance, a curriculum resource to use back in the classroom, and information about other resources available in Ohio that are relevant to the topic. Workshops are small, with 10-15 participants typically, allowing for one-on-one discussion. Following the workshop, teachers are encouraged to create a unit plan or activity based upon the workshop’s topic.


  • Curriculum resources
  • Participation stipend
  • Contact hour certificate
  • Resource development stipend

CSEEES Autumn 2024 K-14 Workshop: Exploring the Environmental History of Eastern Europe and Eurasia

Saturday, October 26, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM EST, Zoom

Register here!

In this workshop participants will expand their knowledge of how the environment has shaped human history within Eastern Europe and Eurasia. They will also learn about how attitudes towards the environment and natural resources have influenced the actions of the people living in these regions from the past to the present day. Educators will leave this workshop with a deeper understanding about this topic so that they can lead related discussions with their own students. This year's workshop will be led by Dr. Nicholas Breyfogle, Professor of History, co-lead of the Environmental History Initiative, and Director of the Harvey Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching at The Ohio State University.

Guest Expert: Dr. Nicholas Breyfogle, Professor of History, Director of the Goldberg Center (Ohio State U.)  

Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle is a Professor of History and Director of the Harvey Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching at The Ohio State University. He is a specialist in the history of Russia/Soviet Union and in global environmental and water history, and is co-lead of the Environmental History Initiative. He is the author/(co-)editor of multiple volumes, including Hydraulic Societies: Water, Power, and Control in East and Central Asian History (2023), Place and Nature: Essays in Russian Environmental History (2021), Nature at War: American Environments and World War II (2020), Eurasian Environments: Nature and Ecology in Imperial Russian and Soviet History (2018), Readings in Water History (2020), Peopling the Russian Periphery: Borderland Colonization in Eurasian History (2007), and Heretics and Colonizers: Forging Russia’s Empire in the South Caucasus (2005). He is currently completing two books: “Baikal: the Great Lake and its People” and “Water: A Human History.”  Since 2007, Breyfogle has worked as co-editor of the online magazine/podcast/video channel Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, and most recently on Picturing Black History. In 2024, his next co-edited book, Picturing Black History: Photographs and Stories that Changed the World will be published with Abrams Books. 


This workshop is free, virtual, and open to pre- and in-service K-12 educators and community college educators. This year's cohort size will be limited to 30 participants.


  • A certificate for 3 contact hours
  • $50 stipend for attending the workshop
  • Free curriculum resources
  • 2-3 books that focus on the workshop topic
  • Opportunity to receive an additional $50 stipend for completing a lesson plan by July 1, 2025


Register by Friday, October 11, 2024 at go.osu.edu/cseees_au24_workshop. For more information about this professional development opportunity, please email CSEEES' outreach coordinator, Alicia Baca at baca.31@osu.edu.

If you have any accessibility needs, we would be happy to help you. Please contact Alicia Baca (baca.31@osu.edu) with the accommodations that you would need for this workshop. Typically, a two weeks' notice before the workshop will allow us to secure access, and we will do our best to fulfill requests that come in after that time period.

This workshop is organized by the Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies in partnership with the Harvey Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching.

Past Workshop Topics

  • Fall 2023: “Happiness Without Freedom or Freedom Without Happiness”: Slavic Science Fantasy Literature and Film as Political and Social Commentary 
  • Fall 2022: LGBTQ+ Histories and Issues of Eastern Europe and Eurasia
  • Summer 2022: Understanding the Culture and History of Ukraine
  • Fall 2021: Corruption and Politics in Eastern Europe
  • Spring 2021: Feminism and Women’s Rights in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Fall 2019: The European Union and Hungary
  • Spring 2019: The European Union and Poland
  • Spring 2018: The Rise and Fall of the Eastern Bloc Sport System
  • Spring 2017: When Borders are Sealed: Refugees, Smugglers, and Humanitarian Aid Along the Closed Balkan Route
  • Spring 2016: The Holocaust in Hungary and the Reemergence of Fascism in the 21st Century
“The workshops help me to be generally better informed and have demonstrated political trends that cross national and regional boundaries.” --2017 Workshop Participant

Please contact Alicia Baca, the CSEEES outreach coordinator, at baca.31@osu.edu or call (614)292-8770 for more information.