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Global Health Through Literature

A professional development workshop for K-12 educators and education students aimed at internationalizing curricula using books related to global health from around the world.


You're Invited 

You are invited to “Global Health Through Literature,” a workshop for K-12 teachers and K-12 education students organized by the KU Area Studies Centers to explore the theme of global health.

Designed as a professional development workshop open to all K-12 school professionals and K-12 education students, this hybrid in-person/virtual one-day event will challenge educators to internationalize their curricula by incorporating one or more lesson plans into their classes, which teach a book on the theme of global health. The lesson plans will also include digital resources and a free copy of each book.

Attendees will hear from scholars at the University of Kansas from each of the four area studies centers. In 45-minute sessions, each center will present a book related to its region on the theme of global health, a corresponding lesson plan designed for secondary school classrooms, and teach instructors the importance of the book and the necessary context needed to incorporate it into their curricula.

Please join us on Friday July 7, 2023 from 9:00-4:00 p.m. in Frank Bangs Memorial Classroom (4066 Wescoe Hall) at 1445 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS 66045. Limited spaces are available.

Free, All-inclusive

This is a free workshop made possible by Title VI National Resource Center grant funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Refreshments, snacks, a complimentary breakfast, and lunch will be provided by the University of Kansas Area Studies Centers.

Five Stalks of Grain

A lesson plan and other resources on Five Stalks of Grain, a graphic novel that explores tragedy and survival during the 1930s famine in Ukraine known as the Holodmor. Developed by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES).

Five stalks of grain by adrian lysenko. black and white cover. drawing of young girl and boy holding hands walking through the woods at night

Five Stalks of Grain Lesson Presentation

The Minamata Story: An Eco Tragedy

Lesson plan and digital resources on the graphic novel The Minamata Story: An Eco Tragedy, developed by the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS).

Sean Michael Wilson & Akiko Shimojima. The Minamata Story: An Eco Tragedy. Cover art is an anime-inspired drawing style. Person in a red long-sleeved top and jeans holding a younger person in yellow pajamas who is suffering. Sitting on a stone wall outside. Ocean port with boats in the background.

Minamata Story Lesson Presentation

Home Home

Lesson plan and digital resources on the novel Home Home, developed by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS).

Lisa Allen-Agostini. A Code Burt Award Finalist. Home Home. Cover art is a young girl of color facing to the right. Behind her is a city bus (in all blue) and her shirt is pink and green and depicts Trinidad at sunset.

Auma's Long Run

Lesson plan and digital resources on the novel Auma's Long Run, developed by the Kansas African Studies Center (KASC).

"A hard-hitting story of a resilient and intelligent young girl who bravely confronts a devastating health crisis"- Publisher's Weekly starred review. Auma's Long Run. Eucabeth Odhiambo. Cover art is a stylized painting of a young African girl in a yellow dress. The dress depicts trees and some huts. There are tall leaves to each side of her and the blue sky is behind her.

Auma's Long Run Lesson Presentation

Area Studies Centers at KU