Friday, February 25, 2010 (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with lunch)
710 Social Sciences Building University of Minnesota, West Bank
More information: http://cas.umn.edu
They Built America: From Central Europe to the U.S., 1870-1940
A Workshop for Advanced Placement /International Baccalaureate / Honors History Teachers, Grades 8-12
Sponsored by the Center for Austrian Studies and the Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Instructor: James Oberly
Center for Austrian Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Between the years 1870 and 1940, more than 30 million persons migrated to the United States, and of that group, a majority came from the lands of the old three European empires in Central and Eastern Europe: Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Russia.
The workshop will pose and discuss some big questions: What sort of people made the decision to immigrate to the United States? Why did they leave Central and Eastern Europe when they did? Why did they choose America as their destination, especially, why did some choose Minnesota as their destination? What sorts of work did they seek and what did they do with their earnings? How did those already in the United States receive the new migrants? How were the Central and European migrants of a century and more ago similar to the migrants who come to the United States today? How were they different?
The workshop will help teachers understand some of the international and transnational history of the Central and Eastern European migrants, as well as the history of the era of mass international migration to the United States.
James Oberly, Visiting Faculty Center for Austrian Studies, U of MN, will lead online book discussion about Central European migrants to the U.S. and will discuss resources for active learning about Central European immigration history.
Donna Gabaccia, Director, Immigration History Research Center, U of MN, will discuss immigration and cultural diversity in American history.
Ann Regan,Editor-in-Chief, Minnesota Historical Society Press, will discuss her research on the multi-disciplinary project, "They Chose Minnesota".
Annemarie Steidl, University of Vienna; Fulbright Visiting Professor, U of MN, will present the background of migration within Austria and Europe before migrants set off across the Atlantic to America.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION: http://igs.cla.umn.edu/outreach/profdev.html
CREDITS: Teacher participants have 3 options for registration:
(1) Earn 6 CEUs by attending the workshop on February 25, 2011.
(2) Earn 15 CEUs by completing the online component and attending the workshop on February 25, 2011.
(3) Earn 1 graduate credit by completing the online component and attending the workshop on February 25, 2011 (additional tuition charge of $305 will be incurred for this option and billed by the College of Education and Human Development).
Registration Fee: $30 includes 6-15 CEUs, lunch and breaks on February 25, all readings, parking, and access to online component. Optional graduate tuition is $305 per credit.
* Name: Center for Austrian Studies
* E-mail: casahy(at)umn.edu
* Phone: 612 624 9811
* Sponsored by: Austrian Studies, Global Studies
Parking is to be arranged for when registering