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Broaden your understanding of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia with CREES Outreach! Whether you are a local educator, member of the community, or current KU student or faculty member, CREES invites you to explore the REES world area with us in fun and engaging ways that enhance the overall learning atmosphere of the University of Kansas.

Explore our Global Literature and History List 2021, which contains over 100+ titles from around the world that can be read and explored by your students.

"In June 2021, a professional development workshop for K-12 teachers was organized by the KU Area Studies Centers to explore themes of liberation, activism and the power of the media globally to make connections with current anti-racist movements such as the Black Lives Matter movement. Check out our Educator Resources on Activism, Liberation, and the Power of Media from all over the world.


Russian Language and Culture Videos are now available as lesson plans. Learn about the alphabet, numbers, common phrases, Russian culture, fun facts, and more! 


New Online Lesson Plans for Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin, great for language arts or social studies for 5th-7th grade students.

 

 


Check out our new Online Lesson Plans for The Safest Lie by Angela Cerrito, great for language arts or social studies for 5th grade through high school. 

The Safest Lie is a fast-paced, inspiring account of nine-year old Anna Bauman, one of thousands of Jewish children rescued from the Warsaw, Poland ghetto. The novel’s inspiration is based on the life of Irena Sendler, the Catholic social worker and spy who rescued more than 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. Her story was little known until four high school students from Uniontown, Kansas wrote a play entitled "Life in a Jar" based on her inspirational work saving children. https://irenasendler.org
 
Consider a visit to the inspiring exhibit on the life of Irena Sendler at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, KS. Contact conardnorm@gmail.com to schedule a tour. 
 

Social Media

Our outreach includes social media like our popular Facebook and Twitter feeds, videos of public lectures on our YouTube Channel, and podcasts that offer quirky REES news within a historical and cultural context.


Online Resources
From radio spots to youtube videos, we've got the online resource for you! Check out our popular Postcards From Abroad Podcasts that feature quirky REES-area news within a historical and cultural context. Our YouTube channel features videos of lectures and conferences on a wide variety of topics from Eastern Europe to Central Asia.


K-12
Our resources for educators include workshops, lesson plans, an online interactive map and more. If you are interested in a specific topic, we can design a study guide just for you. For example, take a look at the study guide created specifically for debate coaches on the 2014 High School Debate Topic "Worlds Oceans: Russia and Asia."


Literature and Activities from Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia
CREES is excited to announce that as part of its’ outreach to K-12 educators and the community, we have put together a list of literature and activities from Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. These published works can be utilized in a language arts or social studies unit, or to introduce students to a particular country or culture. We welcome any additional recommendations, which can be sent to CREES Outreach Coordinator, Lisa Giullian, lgiullian@ku.edu.


Contact
All of our materials are free to anyone interested in learning more about Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. If you would like to host a lecture or activity about the REES world area in your classroom or community club, please contact: crees@ku.edu.


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