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2023/24 World History Learning Community

Between October 2023 and May 2024, come together with other educators in a virtual learning environment to read and discuss books in the field of world history.

The community will meet monthly and virtually, in three sessions, for two hours at a time of intellectually rich and collegial conversations. Book discussions are facilitated by International Institute outreach coordinators and, occasionally, by scholars at the University of Michigan and other leading institutions. Michigan teachers are also eligible for free State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) from the Michigan Department of Education.

The World History Learning Community is open to all K-14 in-service teachers and community college faculty across the U.S. Space is limited. 

  • Expand your ability and confidence to teach world history

  • Connect with and learn from fellow educators and esteemed historians in a cohort setting

  • Explore cutting-edge research and scholarship in the field of world history 

  • Get free books about global topics and themes across the millennia

Tentative Schedule: November  2023, January 2024, March 2024, and May 2024

Selected Books: 

CMENAS & CAS/November 2023: “They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else”: A History of the Armenian Genocide by Ronald Grigor Suny

LACS/January 2024: "Cuba: An American History" by Ada Ferrer

CSAS/March 2024: “The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire” by William Dalrymple 

ASC/May 2024: “King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa” by Adam Hochschild

This initiative is a collaboration between the Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies (CMENAS), the Center for Armenian Studies (CAS), the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS), the Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS), and the African Studies Center (ASC) at the University of Michigan. 

For more information, contact Jennifer Lund, International Institute Outreach Coordinator, at

To apply, please complete the online form via this link by Friday, September 8, 2023. Notification of selection will occur on or before Friday, September 15, 2023.