Global Migration in the 21st Century: Understanding How and Why People Move


August 3-6, 2015

Our 2015 four-day intensive summer workshop focused on the social, economic, and political factors involved in the growth of global human migration during the 20th and 21st centuries. Highlighted by the transatlantic migrations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and continuing with the burst of population movement after 1945, human migration in the contemporary era has an inherently global nature. The movement of people across borders continues to reshape the political, cultural, economic and social spheres of nations throughout every world region, while creating new transnational communities and interdependencies between previously disparate peoples and states. Geared toward middle school, high school, and community college educators in the humanities and social sciences (but open to educators in all subjects), this workshop featured presentations by scholars and experts in the study of human migration, as well as an introduction to relevant classroom resources

In order to support deep conversations around curriculum and pedagogy in addition to content, we partnered with Project Zero, a research group based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Guided by their mission to understand and enhance high-level thinking and learning across disciplines and cultures in our nation’s schools, Project Zero helped provide the pedagogical underpinning to this workshop, drawing upon their diverse research initiatives, including “Teaching for Understanding,” “Making Thinking Visible,” and “Educating for Global Competence.”

Additional details and speaker bios are available in the program booklet.

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Sponsored by the Asia Center, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for African Studies, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Global Health Education & Learning Incubator, Harvard Global Health Institute, and South Asia Institute; developed in collaboration with Project Zero, all of Harvard University.