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Area Studies Centers Summer Global Teacher Seminars


The Summer Global Teacher Seminars are week-long seminars that aim to inform teachers about global issues and provide pedagogical training to help teachers incorporate new content into their curricula. Seminar themes are selected to align with Ohio education content standards. Seminars deepen teachers’ understanding of an issue by going through detailed case studies from around the world, specifically Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Please visit the Global Teacher Seminars website for more information on seminars, and to find resource guides and lesson plans that have been created for them.


Participating teachers receive:

  • Continuing Education Units (typically at least two)
  • Participation stipend
  • Resource guides
  • Curriculum materials
  • Pedagogical support

2024 Global Teacher Seminar: People: Global Efforts to Alleviate Food Insecurity and Poverty

The application is now closed. Check back during the spring 2025 semester for information on the 2025 seminar!

Priority Deadline: April 30, 2024, applications accepted until May 6 (or when filled)

The Ohio State University is now accepting applications for the online Global Teacher Seminar "Global Goal People: Global Efforts to Alleviate Food Insecurity and Poverty" for teachers in any state. Pre-service teachers are strongly encouraged to apply.
This online summer seminar will inform K-14 educators about the UN’s Sustainability Goals, specifically focusing on issues surrounding poverty and food insecurity in the regions of Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe/Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The seminar will start by giving participants a solid foundation in the relevant agricultural, political, social, and historical theories and practices to build their understanding of issues surrounding these topics from a global perspective. Throughout the seminar, participants will hear from guest experts who will present regional case studies to provide comparative views of what prominent challenges and issues in their respective region are and what has been or is currently being done to help alleviate these matters.  


This 20-hour seminar also includes the following sessions which will take place over Zoom:

  • Orientation: Monday, May 6, 2024: 7-9pm EST (2 hours) 
  • Summer Sessions: Monday – Friday, June 10-14, 2024, 1:30 – 4:30pm EST (15 hours) 
  • Follow Up Session: Fall 2024 (3 hours)


  • Lead Instructor: Dr. Maria Fedorova (Macalester College)
  • Pedagogy Instructor: Dr. Daniel Redman (The Ohio State University)


  • To be announced

Benefits: Teachers will receive a certificate of completion with 20 contact hours and 2 CEUs after completing all aspects (orientation, summer seminar and follow up), receive curriculum resources, and a $100 stipend for completing a lesson plan by August 9. The seminar is open to teachers, including pre-service teachers, and administrators and is free of charge. 

The seminar is organized by the Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (CSEEES), in partnership with the Center for African Studies (CAS), Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), East Asian Studies Center Center (EASC), and the Middle East Studies Center (MESC), with support from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grants.

Past Seminars

  • 2023, Global Goal Prosperity: Global Movement of Goods and People
  • 2022, Global Competency and the UN's Global Goals
  • 2021, Global Protests and Social Justice Activism 
  • 2020, Where Does Our Food Come from? Global Agriculture and Economic Sustainability
  • 2019, Global Environmental Issues: The Problems, Solutions, and Potential Outcomes
  • 2017, Human Rights in Global Perspective, Mass Atrocities and State-Sponsored Violence
  • 2016, Water Security for the 21st Century

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