CSEEES Hosts Teacher Training Workshop on LGBTQ+ Histories and Issues in Eastern Europe and Eurasia
On Saturday, December 10 the Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (CSEEES) hosted its annual K-14 teacher training workshop. This year's workshop focused on the topic of LGBTQ+ histories and issues of Eastern Europe and Eurasia and was led by guest speaker Philip Gleissner (Ohio State U.). This workshop helped to educate participants on the struggles that this community faces in these regions, how LGBTQ+ issues and rights are handled there, and what LGBTQ+ activists are doing to create a safe place to exist in. During his presentation, Gleissner reviewed case studies in Russia and Poland and spoke briefly about the Czech Republic. He also led participants in an in-depth discussion of how current legislation targets the community in these regions, opposing reactions to the LGBTQ+ movement, and made comparisons to the United States.
Seventeen teachers from eight different states and one teacher from Canada participated in this year's workshop. Upon completing the training, the teachers received a stipend for $50, three contact hours of professional development, a Padlet of supplemental resources, and the following books:
- Russian Homophobia from Stalin to Sochi by Dan Healey
- Crossing: A Novel by Pajtim Statovci
- Foucault in Warsaw by Remigiusz Ryzinski
Information on next year's teacher training workshop will be announced in late summer/early autumn 2023.