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EU Workshop in Cincinnati

July 6, 2011

On Wednesday, June 29, the EU Center organized a workshop for K-12 teachers at Princeton High School in Cincinnati, OH. Following the format of our previous teachers workshop in Indianapolis, the event was intended to deepen teachers’ overall knowledge of the EU, introduce them to some important theoretical debates within the field of EU studies, and help them more effectively integrate the EU into their curriculum. Brandon Wilkening, a doctoral student in Political Science and graduate assistant at the EU Center (and author of the current post), started off the event with an introductory presentation that looked at the EU’s historical development, the body’s key decision-making institutions, and major policy areas. EU Center Project Manager Brant Beyer followed up with a discussion of the ongoing eurozone financial crisis, focusing on the causes of the crisis and its effects on the US. Finally, Nick Clark, a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department at IU, rounded out the morning session with a presentation on the EU and democracy. Specifically, Nick introduced some of the major theoretical debates over whether the European integration project and the EU policy making process are democratic. After lunch, Nick shared his experiences conducing model European Council simulations in the classroom, providing some specific guidelines and general tips. Following this, the workshop attendees participated in their own simulation. Each participant played the part of an EU head of government and a lively debate ensued over the topic of a hypothetical EU financial bailout of Greece. Overall, it was a pleasure for EU Center staff to work with the teachers, and we hope that they will find much of what they learned useful in teaching more confidently and effectively about the EU in their classrooms.

For those who would like to hear Brant’s presentation on the euro crisis, he will be giving a webinar on the subject on Tuesday, July 12 at 3 pm. The event is free, but you must register – you can do so here and find additional info here.

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