2020 Seminar

Presented by the Area Studies Centers at OSU: 

Where does our food come from? Global Agricultural and Economic Sustainability

June 1-5, 2020
Led by:
Christopher Ratcliff, Department of Engineering Education (Lead Instructor), OSU
Tami Augustine, Teaching and Learning, OSU


Registration Link At the moment, we have reached 20 participants. You will be added to the wait-list. Please make sure you fill out all the information requested in the Registration Link so we can contact you, should there be openings. 


This week-long workshop aims to inform K-12 teachers on issues related to global agricultural and economic sustainability by focusing on various global regions including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Through the week, we will hear from regional experts on agricultural trends and practices, food access and distribution, intersections with environmental and economic sustainability and how it all relates to our own food decisions.

The workshop will deepen participants’ understanding of global food issues and challenges while exploring how teachers can translate these topics into lessons that will engage students of various levels and with varying interests. Both food and agriculture have deep ties to every classroom subject – from foreign language and social studies to history and economics to biology and math, and we look forward to working with teachers to understand how these topics can be incorporated into their curricula.


Teachers will receive a certificate of completion with contact hours, and a $100 stipend for attending the seminar and completing a lesson plan by August 1. The seminar is open to both pre-service and in-service teachers and is free of charge.  Parking tokens will be provided, lunch on your own.  Participants can enroll in Independent Study to earn graduate credit for the seminar; if interested please contact vocal.4@osu.edu.
The seminar is organized by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) in partnership with the Center for African Studies (CAS), Center for Slavic and East European Studies Center (CSEES), East Asian Studies Center (EASC),  and Middle East Studies Center (MESC) with support from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grants to EASC, CLAS and CSEES.