Outreach Programming

Professional development workshops for educators on a wide range of topics and opportunities to connect directly with K-14 students. 

As a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center for Russia and Eurasia, we support teachers by developing and delivering professional development workshops and cultural programs for K-14 educators and students as well as members of the general public. How can we help bring the rich history and vibrant culture of Russia and Eurasia into your classroom teaching? Let us know!

Teacher Workshops

The Davis Center organizes specific events and programs for K-14 educators, including teacher workshops, lectures, cultural events and more. The goal of our professional development events is to introduce educators to scholars and scholarship that provide new insights and understandings about Russia and Eurasia. Through our workshops we encourage participants to be both learners indulging their own curiosity and teachers doing the difficult work of bringing new understandings and resources into their classroom practice.

Global Studies Outreach Committee 

While the majority of our event programming is specific to our region, we also collaborate with other Harvard international studies centers through the Global Studies Outreach Committee to develop an annual summer educator workshop devoted to an issue of global significance.

This year's workshop, devoted to Religious Nationalism in a Global Context, will be held *in person* July 31-August 3, 2023. Participation in the workshop is determined through a selective application process. The application deadline was March 31. 2023.

Classroom Visits

Davis Center staff are always happy to visit directly with students to provide a lecture or facilitate a conversation about the region--and it's even easier to do now using connective technology. Do your students have questions about the ongoing war against Ukraine? The ups and downs of the US/Russia relationship or how the dissolution of the USSR impacted the nations that emerged after the Soviet collapse? Could you use some help covering the role the Soviets played in the Second World War or how Catherine the Great changed the Russian Empire? Be in touch and we'll be glad to prepare a classroom visit that meets the needs of your students. 

*The Davis Center's outreach programming is supported by grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI National Resource Center grant. However, the content of these programs does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and one should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

Related Insights

A 2021–2022 Engaging Eurasia Teacher Fellow on the challenges and rewards of teaching about the region.

At the annual Global Studies Outreach Workshop, thirty teachers collaborated on pedagogy, discussed challenges, and bonded over a shared enthusiasm for teaching.

Harvard has been named a National Resource Center for Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia, and received a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship grant under Title VI.

Related Events

Upcoming Event

Join other educators in a three-day workshop on religious nationalism in the world today.

Past Event

Historical memory is a powerful force in Eurasia. Learn more about its significance in the Soviet Union and in contemporary Russia.

Past Event

Russian language competition for high school students.