ALWH Announces Call for Applications for 2023 two-day Teacher’s Workshop “Energies in World History”

The application for this workshop is now closed.

The Alliance for Learning in World History will hold a Workshop for Educators to be held during the World History Association’s Annual Conference at the University of Pittsburgh, June 23-24 2023. The two-day professional development workshop is sponsored by the Alliance for Learning in World History (ALWH) and the World History Center at the University of Pittsburgh. The Alliance will cover the conference registration fee, the cost of joining the WHA, and apartment-style dorm housing on the University of Pittsburgh campus for two nights. Accepted participants will also receive a $250 stipend at the end of the conference.  This stipend is intended to defray the costs of travel to Pittsburgh. 

The ALWH welcomes applications from educators at all levels who would like to explore how to teach and talk about “energies” in their classroom. The theme of Energies is intended to include the widest range of topics and geographic locales, ranging from energy technologies (from muscle power to solar cells), to energy and globalization, to teaching in a time of climate change, and even to energy as a metaphor for charisma or other social dynamics.  

This unique professional development opportunity will include 3 accepted-participant-only workshops led by University of Pittsburgh History Department faculty and archivists in which teachers will have the chance to discuss and learn about energy history in a variety of contexts. Dr. Molly Warsh and Dr. Ruth Mostern will offer a workshop on new historical approaches to energies of all sorts in the world history classroom. Dr. Julia Hudson-Richards and Dr. Lannie Hammond will offer a pedagogy-focused session in which accepted educators will have the opportunity to workshop their own energies-focused assignments in a small group setting. And Zachary Brodt, University Archivist and Records Manager at the University of Pittsburgh Library System, will offer a primary-source driven workshop on teaching the 1892 Homestead Steel Strike. 

All accepted participants in the ALWH professional development program will also be welcome to attend all additional WHA conference sessions, which is also focused on the theme of “Energies”. You can read more about the WHA 2023 conference program here

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This event is hosted by the Alliance for Learning in World History, based at the University of Pittsburgh’s World History Center and is cosponsored by the World History Association, the OER Project, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies CenterDepartment of HistoryAsian Studies Center, and Center for Latin American Studies

About the Facilitators

(from left to right Zachary L. Brodt, Leslie Hammond, Julia Hudson-Richards, Ruth Mostern, Molly Warsh)

Zachary L. Brodt is the University Archivist and Records Manager at the University of Pittsburgh Library System. He has published and presented on a variety of topics, particularly the 1892 Homestead Steel Strike, and is the author of the forthcoming book From the Steel City to the White City: Western Pennsylvania and the World’s Columbian Exposition.

Leslie Hammond is a Teaching Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh where she specializes in Modern European Intellectual History. Her teaching interests include comparative intellectual history, comparative political and economic history as well as modern European Intellectual History with special interest in European theories of political economy and sociological theory. Dr. Hammond is also a liaison to Pitt’s College in High School Program.

Julia Hudson-Richards is an Instructor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, where she regularly teaches World History and Food and History. Her research examines the relationships between global systems of food production and distribution and constructions of gender, race, and class. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Women's History, International Labor and Working-Class History, and the Huffington Post.

Ruth Mostern is Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and the Director of the World History Center. Dr. Mostern is a specialist in History of China, World History, Spatial History, and Environmental History. Mostern is also Principal Investigator of a collaborative initiative, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, to create a World-Historical Gazetteer. She is the author of The Yellow River: A Natural and Unnatural History (Yale University Press, 2021).

Molly Warsh is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and the Associate Director and Head of Educational Outreach of the World History Center. She is a specialist in World History, Early Modern Iberian and British Worlds, Early Caribbean, Commodities and Consumption, Atlantic History, and Environmental History. She is the author of American Baroque: Pearls and the Nature of Empire 1492-1700 (Omohundro Institute/UNC Press, 2018).