10:00 - 10:50
(Rooms announced at Registration Tables)
A1: INCORPORATING RELIGION INTO THE SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM
Prof. Margaret Susan Thompson, Syracuse University
As the US becomes a more heterogeneous and complex society, Social Studies educators are faced with the growing challenge of helping students understand the diverse cultures of our communities, and this diversity includes Religion. But how can we do this without crossing the line into proselytizing or, alternatively, criticizing beliefs that seem "different?" How do we deal with the religious dimensions of "secular" topics, such as politics and history? How, indeed,
can we incorporate "religion" into our Social Studies curriculum?
A2: BRAZIL: A GLOBAL POWER WITH GREAT PROMISE AND BIG PROBLEMS
Brazil is becoming one of the economic and political titans of the planet. Professor Burdick will detail some of the enormously exciting social and political advances it has made over the decade, and describe several of the deep, enduring social problems - such as enormous income inequity - that remain.
A3: TEACHING GLOBAL HISTORY:
A PANEL ON VARIOUS APPROACHES
Central New York Educators Doug Pelton, Kate Gross and Gail Goff
Sometimes it seems that if we all had our "druthers," we would all be teaching U.S. History, the what about the challenges, successes, obstacles, and JOYS of teaching Global History? Several of CNYCSS's most successful practitioners share their experiences and approaches.
We look for participants to share their best practices as well
A4 THE CHINA CHALLENGE: ECONOMICALLY, DIPLOMATICALLY, MILITARILY, CULTURALLY
How should Americans be thinking about China these days? As a "rising" partner, rival, threat?
Economically, diplomatically, militarily, culturally? What do we make of the mushrooming
metaphors (Ecliipse, Chimerica)? Are the answers similiar when looking ahead a generation as
when looking back?
11:00-11:50(Rooms announced at Registration Tables)
B1 THE ARAB REVOLUTIONS OF 2011 AND THEIR CHALLENGE TO
U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
Professor Bill Smullen,
No government likes to be caught by surprise. But most were when the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya broke out. What caused these revolts? Why should we have seen them coming? What impact are they having on our country's foreign policy as they play out politically, militarily, diplomatically and economically? These are vital questions to which we must apply practical strategic thinking.
B2: CIVIL WAR MEDICINE: THE REAL STORY
Les Buell, NYSCSS Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, 2011
An educator expert at teaching about other cultures and times reveals some little-known and under-appreciated facts about medical practices during our country's most devastating conflict.
B3: TURKEY IN THE 21ST CENTURY: MUSLIM DEMOCRACY, REGIONAL POWER, GLOBAL PLAYER
Since 2002 when the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power, Turkey has emerged as
a significant force in the Middle East. This presentation outlines the multiple roots of Turkey's new
influence as well as the challenges that its policies have faced as
waves of change have swept the over the Arab Middle East. How does Turkey's influence reflect a fundamental shift in the regional dynamics shaping the Middle East, and what does this mean for U.S. policy in the region?
B4 OBAMAMANIA AND THE POLITICS OF
ETHNICITY IN KENYA
St. Lawrence University
In late 2008, "Obamamania" gripped Kenya in ways that dwarfed any U.S. celebration of Barack Obama's electoral victory. Kenya's official and unofficial response reveals much about the ways in which Kenyans interpret the political importance of ethnic ties. Using on-the-spot research in
Western Kenya, this talk will provide a useful backdrop for educators to engage students in
African interpretations of U.S. politics, and the ways in which President Obama's Kenyan heritage has been used to both support and smear his political image.
1:30-2:20(Rooms announced at Registration Tables)
C1:THE OBAMA HEALTH CARE PLAN AND CHANGES TO HEALTH SERVICES
Professor Thomas Dennison, Syracuse University
What are the implications of the new Health Care Act? What are the facts, as opposed to the
myths, regarding this controversial legislation? What is currently in effect? What will be put
into effect by 2014? What might be the impact on medical costs? on medical services?
C2: THE STATUS
OF THE "STANS"
Professor John Langdon,
Le Moyne College
Ten years after the invasion of Afghanistan, twenty years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union
and sixty-four years after the partition of India, how do things stand in South Central Asia?
We'll examine Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan ( and if teme permits or
situations warrant, Turkmenistan, Tadjikistan, and Khyrgyzistan)
C3: MATILDA JOSLYN GAGE: LOCAL HISTORY IS U.S. HISTORY
Matilda Joslyn Gage Center members Diana Green,
Vanessa Johnson and
Matilda Joslyn lived her whole life in Central New York. She was a major actor in the key historical events and movements that shaped the United States in the Nineteenth Century, including Abolition, Women's Rights, Native-American Rights and the Struggle to Maintain the Separation of Church and State. As mother-in-law of L. Frank Baum, she was also instrumental in inspiring the Oz books. Teachers will be treated to a historical re-enactment of a key episode, and will receive historical tips and materials to help bring this historic local figure and her times to life, and to inform our students of the resources of the MJG Center.
C4: THE CHALLENGE OF TRANSITIONING TO DEMOCRACY
Brian D Taylor, Moynihan European Research Centers
Subho Basu, South Asia Center
Gladys McCormick, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA)
Margarita Estevez-Abe, East Asia Program
Amy Kallander, Middle Eastern Studies Program
Given the stunning pace of change in the world these past several months, our presenters
will discuss the challenges their respective regions have had and ARE having as they
make their respective transitions to a more democratic form of government.