Summer Curriculum Workshop


The University of Illinois and The European Union Center (EUC) invites K-12 and community college educators to take part in the three-day 2020 summer curriculum workshop to develop a more effective curriculum on the European Union. These materials may be incorporated into a variety of courses, such as foreign language, world geography, world cultures, world/US history, politics, economics, and business.


While all K-16 teachers are welcome, the curriculum materials are geared mainly towards high school and community college education. The workshop will feature presentations from University of Illinois faculty and other specialists. Participating Illinois teachers receive 20 non-credit PDHs, and non-Illinois teachers receive 2.0 non-credit University of Illinois CEUs.

Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant


The 2020 summer curriculum workshop will be run from Monday, June 22 to Thursday, June 25. The workshop theme is “From Conflict to Peace: The European Union Explained — How the EU Came to Be, How It All Works Today, and Its Greatest Challenges.”


The cost of attending the workshop will be $90, payable by check to “University of Illinois.” Included in the attendance fee are three nights of lodging at Illini Tower and parking for the duration of the workshop. Breakfast and lunch will be provided June 23-25, and dinner will be provided on June 22. Participants will be expected to cover their own dinners on June 23 and 24. The EU Center will also provide a travel reimbursement of up to $150 based on mileage.


Register here by April 19. Questions may be directed to Sydney Lazarus (


2020 Summer Curriculum Workshop Schedule


Monday, June 22, 2020


Noon — 4:30pm: Check in at Illini Tower

5-6pm: Registration, meet-and-greet

6-7pm: Keynote address: An introduction to the European Union

7-8pm: Dinner


Tuesday, June 23, 2020: The EU Explained


7-8:30am: Breakfast

9-10am: History of the EU

10-10:15am: Coffee break

10:15-11:15am: The Contemporary EU as a Political and Economic Entity

11:15-11:30am: Coffee break

11:30am-12:30pm: Cultural and Language Policy of the EU

12:30-1:45pm: Lunch

2-3pm: Internationalizing the Curriculum

3-3:15pm: Coffee break

3:15-4:45pm: Lesson Planning Workshop

4:45-7pm: Free time and dinner

7-9pm: Brexit documentary screening and discussion


Wednesday, June 24, 2020: The EU and Its Challenges


7-8:30am: Breakfast

9-10am: Minority Languages in the European Union

10-10:15am: Coffee break

10:15-11:15am: Lecture (topic TBD)

11:15-11:30am: Coffee break

11:30am-12:30pm: Environmental Legislation in the EU and Challenges of Climate Change

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

2-3:30pm: Interactive game at the Spurlock Museum

3:30-4:30pm: Lesson Planning Workshop

4:30-5pm: Free time at the Spurlock Museum

5-7pm: Free time and dinner

7-9pm: Turkish Studies Symposium


Thursday, June 25, 2020: Library and Media Resources


7-9am: Breakfast and check out of Illini Tower

9-10am: Presentation on library and media resources

10-11:30am: Presentation on global opportunities for educators

11:30-12:30pm: Participant discussion and presentation of lesson plans

12:30-2pm: Wrap-up, lunch, evaluation


Past Workshops


Dates and titles for past workshops are below. If you want additional information on these events, please contact the EUC at


2013 Workshop: “The Timeless Mediterranean and the New European Union: Transnational Spaces and Integration”
2012 Workshop: “Food & Energy Security and Sustainability”
2011 Workshop: “Immigration and European Integration”
2010 Workshop: “Islam in Europe”
2009 Workshop: “How Does the European Union Work?”