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 metz.235@osu.edu to obtain a copy of the whole presentation or to inquire about other options for your school.  

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 csees@osu.edu for suggestions and ideas.  

Cultures Boxes

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 metz.235@osu.edu to inquire about borrowing a culture box. 

Other Resources



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 metz.235@osu.edu.

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