The Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) works with K-12 schools throughout the state of Ohio to bring the cultures, histories, and languages of Eastern Europe and Eurasia into the classroom to foster interest in world cultures in younger generations. Through these activites it seeks to engage in 21st century learning and increase the global competancies of students. It works with schools to create engaging content for students that fit in with state of Ohio's new academic content standards. In addition, CSEES all provides classroom resources such as maps, artifacts, and other classroom aids. All services are offered free of charge to the school.
CSEES develops and delivers presentations in K-12 schools throughout Ohio. Presentations have been developed around topics of interests or based on specific requests from schools. All presentations have been designed to be engaging and often also offer a corresponding activity for students to complete. Topics familirize students with foreign languages, cultures, religions, and histories. Based on the audience grade-level, presentations can be modified to reflect the needs of students.
Below are examples of presentations that can be offered. Please contact Kathryn Metz directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy of the whole presentation or to inquire about other options for your school.
- The Berlin Wall: An overview of the politics surrounding the Berlin Wall
- Bratislava: An overview of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia
- Business in Russia: The politics and problems of business practices in Russia
- Chernobyl: The 1986 disaster that affected Russia and Eastern Europe and what can be learned from the tragedy
- Copernicus: The life of astronomer and mathematician, Nicolaus Copernicus
- Croatian Culture and History: An overview of the Eastern European nation, Croatia
- Health Care in the Slovak Republic: Background information and issues faced by the Slovak health care system
- Islam in the Balkans: The history and contemporary issues of Islam in the Balkans
- Ivan Pavlov: The life of physiologist, Ivan Pavlov
- Living in Russia: How living in Russia is both different and similar to living in the United States
- Marie Curie: The life of physicist and chemist, Marie Curie
- Nikola Tesla: The life of inventor and engineer, Nikola Tesla
- Orthodox Christianity: The origins and practices of Orthodox Christianity
- Poland: The Country, Culture and Prospects: An overview of the politics, culture and economy of Poland
- The Polish Language: The alphabet and basic phrases of the Polish Language
- Politics and Human Rights in Slovakia: An overview of the Slovak government and human rights issues in Slovakia
- Russia and Putin: A summary of Russian President Vladimir Putin's career, Russian and Soviet political history and Russia's history of strong rulers
- Russian Geography: The climatology and environmental issues of Russia
- Russian Sports and Sports Stars: The most popular sports and athletes in Russia
- Separate and Unequal: School Segregation of Romani Children in Slovakia: Information on the Roma people and the challenges they face in contemporary Slovakia
- Shanghai Cooperation Organization: The origins and future prospects of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
- Slovakia in 20th Century The history of Slovakia from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the present
- Soviet and American Posters in WWII: A collection of propoganda posters from the United States and Soviet Union during World War II
- Soviet Sport: The history and politcal problems of Soviet sport as well as the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
- Ukrainian History and Culture: An overview of Ukrainian history, culture, politcis and economics
- Ulugh Beg: The life of astronomer and mathematician, Ulugh Beg
Film Lending Library
Another service that CSEES offers is the loaning of Eastern European and Eurasian films to educators free of charge. Films can be shipped by mail directly to schools throughout Ohio and the midwest. CSEES keeps a film library of over 2,000 films including documentaries and feature films in many different language and on many different subjects. Please visit our Media Library page to view our film list. If you are looking for films on a particular subject or topic, please feel free to contact CSEES directly at (614)292-8770 or by email at email@example.com for suggestions and ideas.
Culture boxes are a way to bring foreign cultures and history directly into the classroom. CSEES has collected "artifacts" and real world items from Eastern Europe including: foreign currencies, toys, games, maps, posters, clothing items, and books. Teachers can borrow culture boxes from CSEES to incorporate artifacts into lessons. Please call (614)292-8770 or email Kathryn Metz at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about borrowing a culture box.
- CSEES' video: Roma Rights in Hungary
- The Czech Department of Education at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague has created a website with video footage from the communist era in the Czech Republic. The footage illustrates different aspects of life during the regime. Videos are in Czech and Russian language with English subtitles.
- Open Society Archives, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the Hoover Institution present an online database of 26,000 audio recordings that were released by RFE/RL in the Soviet Union and Russian Federation from 1953 to 1995. Visit OSA's website to access the audio files (in Russia)
- In October 2015, Dr. Yana Hashamova, Dr. Theodora Dragostinova, and Dr. Jessie Labov held a roundtable discussion addressing the refugee crisis in Europe. The event was recorded and is available on YouTube.
- Dr. Trevor Brown (Director, John Glenn School of Public Affairs) and Dr. Myroslava Mudrak (Professor Emeritus, Department of History of Art) were panelists at the Columbus Council on World Affairs' (CCWA) Signature Luncheon in April, 2014. The topic of discussion focused on the developments in Ukraine, Ukrainian history, and possible outcomes to the situtaion. The video of the discussion is available in its entirety on the CCWA Vimeo page.
- In December 2013, Yana Hashamova (Professor, Chair of the Slavic Department and Director of the Slavic Center) spoke with Dusty Wilmes (a graduate student in the Slavic Department) about human trafficking and how movies or TV programs such as Taken, Broken Trail, and Whistleblower have tackled this subject. The podcast is available through the iTunes website (the iTunes program is required to stream or download the podcast).
- In November 2013, CSEES, the Polish Studies Initiative, the Polish Cultural Institute of New York and the Columbus Council on World Affairs (CCWA) hosted Polish journailist Witold Szablowski for a discussion on Turkey. The video of the discussion is available in its entirety on the CCWA Vimeo page.
- In April 2013, CSEES, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, and the Columbus Council on World Affairs hosted a luncheon lecture with former ambassador to Russia, John Beyrle, who discussed U.S.-Russian foreign relations. The video is available to view on the Council's Vimeo page.
- In 2009, a replica of the Berlin Wall was built on The Ohio State University's campus to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of its collapse. Watch the video here: Berlin Wall at OSU
- Dr. Gleb Tsipursky of The Ohio State University's Department of History created a short video about state sponsored social activities in the Soviet Union.
- PBS Frontline, Russia: Putin's Plan
- PBS Frontline World Rough Cut: Putin vs NGOs
- PBS Frontline World Rough Cut: Island on the Edge
- PBS Frontline World Rough Cut: Moscow's Sex and the City
- PBS Frontline World Rough Cut: Murder in St. Petersburg
- PBS Frontline World Rough Cut: Poland: Chopin's Heart
- PBS Frontline World Rough Cut: A Murder in Kyiv
- PBS Frontline World Rough Cut: Moldova: The Price of Sex
- PBS Frontline World Rough Cut: Bosnia: Divided We Stand
- Center for Global Studies (University of Illinois): Climate Change and the New Geopolitics of Eurasia
- Center for Global Studies (University of Illinois): Criminal Trafficking and Slavery: Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia
- Center for Global Studies (University of Illinois): Is Central Asia the New Middle East?
- Center for Global Studies (University of Illinois): Shades of Revolution: Democratization in the Former Soviet Nations
- Center for Global Studies (University of Illinois): Global Organized Crime and the Fall of Communism
- Center for Global Studies (University of Illinois): The Spider Trap: Corruption, Organized Crime, and Transition in the Balkans and Russia
CSEES keeps a collection of books [pdf] that can be borrowed for use in the classroom. If you are intersted in borrowing any books available through CSEES, please call (614)292-8770 or email Kathryn Metz at email@example.com.
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