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2018 Teacher Training Workshop

No Human is Alien: Gang Violence in Central America and Contemporary Immigration Debates

March 19, 2018. 4:00pm-8:00pm. University of Michigan, Room 1014, Tisch Hall, 435 S State St, Ann Arbor

SCECH units available (3 hours)

This workshop will introduce grade 6-12 teachers (but all are welcome!) to the complex issue of gang violence in Central America, helping them to contextualize it within the region’s history and current events. This program will start by contextualizing the political, historical, and economic relationship between the US and Central America to explore the concepts of criminality, violence, immigration policy, imperialism, justice systems, and representation of these themes in art. We will highlight immigrant populations and explore the causes of violence in their home countries and how it is represented in art, media, and popular discourse. Teachers will leave with a more nuanced understanding of these topics and ideas for how to make stories of violence and immigration more palatable and approachable for a young audience. They will also have access to a collection of resources and strategies for sharing these themes with students.

Registration Fee: $10.00

Included in cost: Dinner, coffee and snacks, a copy of Blood Barrios: Dispatches from the World’s Deadliest Streets by Alberto Arce and illustrated by German Andino, and teaching resources.

For SCECH credits, teachers must bring an additional $10 (payable by cash or check) on the day of the workshop.