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 2023 K-14 Workshop: “Happiness Without Freedom or Freedom Without Happiness”: Slavic Science Fantasy Literature and Film as Political and Social Commentary 

Saturday, October 28, 10:00AM-1:00PM EST, Online via Zoom

Register here


As of Thursday, September 28 we have reached our registration cap! You are still welcome to register for the workshop, but please understand that you will now be added to the waitlist. It is still likely that some participants may withdraw, so Alicia Baca will reach out to you by Friday, October 6 via email if a spot opens up for the workshop. Thank you for your --understanding (and enthusiasm).


In this workshop participants will explore the world of “science fantasy” (known as science fiction in the West) literature and film from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Within this popular genre, writers and filmmakers criticized economic, political, and social issues that citizens in these regions were facing in their everyday lives. Participants will increase their knowledge about the events and history that inspired these works, how they have been received domestically and internationally in the past and present, and how they have influenced the creative output of their Anglophone counterparts. This year's workshop will be led by Alexander Burry, Associate Professor of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University.


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
  • 3-4 books that focus on the workshop topic
  • Opportunity to receive an additional $50 stipend for completing a lesson plan by July 1, 2024


Register by Friday, October 6, 2023 at For more information about this professional development opportunity, please email CSEEES' outreach coordinator, Alicia Baca at

If you have any accessibility needs, we would be happy to help you. Please contact Alicia Baca ( 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.

Past Workshop Topics

  • 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 or call (614)292-8770 for more information.