Global Connections through the Five SenseS
Saturday, November 17, 2018
9 am – 3 pm
Mission Branch, San Antonio Public Library
This workshop will introduce (and re-introduce) you to the intricate connections between world history, US history, and Texas history by providing a sensory examination of the familiar and not-so familiar, and exploring their roots from around the world and the forces that brought them together in south Texas. We’ll begin with the spices and silks that made their way across the steppes of Asia on horseback and by dhows across the Indian Ocean; and blending in artistic designs and tastes in food that were added in the Middle East and North Africa and forged in the crucible of pre-reconquista Spain.
We’ll end by giving the story a unique San Antonio flavor, adding finishing touches with a tour of Mission San Jose and describing local influences from Native Americans and the Canary Islanders who settled the city.
No matter which aspect of the social studies you teach, you’ll find a new sight, smell, taste, or texture that you can bring to your classroom!
Pre-registration is required. The registration fee is $15, and includes lunch, teaching materials, and door prizes.
Attendees are also welcome to stay for the 2018 Middle East Book Awards ceremony, which begins at 4:30.
Attendees who are K-12 educators are eligible to receive CEUs from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UT-Austin.
Access to MESA Conference
Workshop attendees who teach K-12 can also access the MESA conference, giving access to the MESA Book Fair, the MESA FilmFest, as well as conference sessions.
The Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC) offers a limited number of $500 travel awards to provide support for MEOC members who plan to attend the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) as well as the MEOC teacher workshop and business meeting. More information and the application can be found on our travel awards page.
(Note: the Travel Award must be applied for separately.)
Please contact Christopher Rose or Katie Aslan.
Sponsored by the Middle East Outreach Council, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UT-Austin, and the San Antonio Public Library, with the assistance of the San Antonio Missions National Park.