Spring 2021: Cyber-Capabilities and Accelerating Global Change Workshop for K-14 Educators

Presented by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), the Center for European Studies (CES),
and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at UW-Madison
March 13 and 20, 2021
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST

Register for this event here.

A virtual professional development workshop for  K-14 educators, who will a) examine the transforming face of international relations on the macro and micro level, b) receive an updated curated e-book of relevant source materials and classroom activities, and c) develop practical exercises that prompt student participation and collaboration.

Teachers will have time and resources to develop an individualized lesson plan based on the workshop’s content.

Structured Inquiry: What is the role of the nation-state in a cyber-capable world?

During the two-day workshop, teachers will:

  • Take home syllabus-adaptable resources encompassing WI-DPI Standards: SS.BH1-4, SS.ECON1, SS.GEOG1, SS.HIST2-4, SS.PS3-4;
  • Obtain relevant source materials that clarify cybersecurity policy and contextualize cybersecurity in a way that can transfer directly into a classroom;
  • Develop practical exercises that prompt student participation and collaboration;
  • Receive a cybersecurity glossary to help facilitate classroom discussions;
  • Have the opportunity to network with other teachers from around the state;
  • Understand the global significance of cyber-capabilities in the modern age;
  • Engage with field experts to examine how cyber-capabilities exacerbate tensions or forge stronger connections;
  • Establish a basis in cyber literacy that will help further students’ civic literacy development and the ability to critically engage with online information.
  • Receive a certificate of completion after attending both workshop sessions.

Workshop Speakers and Events

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Intelligence and Oversight
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CST
Talk presented by Thorsten Wetzling (CES)

Dr. Thorsten Wetzling heads the Stiftung Neue-Veranwortung (SNV), a think-tank that specializes in public policy issues at the intersection of technology and society. He directs the European Intelligence Oversight Network (EION) and is the Principal Investigator in the GUARDINT research project . Formerly, he worked as a Senior Fellow at the Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security, the Hague Institute for Global Justice and as Advisor for the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF). As Trans-Atlantic Post-Doc Fellow for International Relations and Security (TAPIR), Dr. Wetzling studied national surveillance policies at the French Institute for International Relations (ifri) in Paris, the RAND Corporation, and the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University.

The Hidden Costs of Free Facebook: Trolling in Duterte’s Philippines and Mass Atrocity in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST
Talk presented by Mary McCoy (CSEAS).

Dr. Mary McCoy teaches courses on rhetoric, politics, media, and culture in UW-Madison’s Department of Communication Arts and oversees outreach and communications for the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. She has written on religious intolerance, freedom of the press, rhetorical genres, and investigative journalism, and is the author of Scandal and Democracy: Media Politics in Indonesia (Cornell University Press, 2019), which examines the role of the media in democratization. Her current research examines new political movements, social media and authoritarianism, and changing definitions of freedom of speech.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Twitter and Cold War 2.0: Russian disinformation campaigns in Ukraine and the United States.
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CST
Talk presented by Larissa Doroshenko (CREECA).

Larissa Doroshenko (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a postdoctoral associate in the Communication Studies Department at Northeastern University. Her research interests are centered on the effects of new media on political campaigning, with a particular focus on “the dark side” of the internet: populism, nationalism, and disinformation campaigns. Larissa’s work has appeared in Information, Communication & Society, International Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, International Journal of Press/Politics, and Journal of Communication. Larissa’s passion for mass media and politics started when she was studying journalism at Belarusian State University and simultaneously worked as a freelance reporter.

Talking Technology in the Classroom: Making the Intangible Engaging
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST
Talk presented by Jeremy Stoddard (C&I).

Prof. Jeremy Stoddard is Associate Professor and the Faculty Chair of the Secondary Education Program. His research examines the role of media in teaching and learning history and democratic citizenship – with a particular focus on engagement with difficult or marginalized histories and contemporary controversial issues. His work has been published in Journal of Curriculum Studies, Teachers College Record, Curriculum Inquiry, and Learning, Media and Technology. He has also co-authored or co-edited three books, including Teaching Difficult History Through Film (Routledge, 2017). He has served as Editor for Theory and Research in Social Education and has held national leadership roles in the Teaching History SIG of AERA and as a member of the Executive Board of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies.

The content of this workshop is appropriate for teachers of 6th-14th grade History, Social Sciences, Ethics, Computer Literacy, and Journalism, among others, but all K-14 teachers are welcome.