Latin American Educator's Workshop

Upcoming Activities:


"The Poetry and Movement of Tango: A Window to Southern Latin America"

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Summer 2017 Professional Development Teachers Workshop
Program 2017
June 5-9, 2017
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus

Professional Development Workshop directed to Middle School, High School and Community College Educators, and Librarians. Illinois K-12 educators are elegible to receive ISBE Professional Development Hours (PDH). Others are elegible to receive General University Continuing Education units (CEU).


- Contact hours: 36 total hours, Monday to Thursday: 8 hours, Friday: 4 hours contact
- Discussion of the three aspects of the Tango: the music, the dance, and the lyrics, in the context of the sociohistorical developments in the River Plate area between 1880 and 1955
- Materials are created by our instructor
- Activities supported with authentic aural/written/visual materials (lyrics, music, films, etc.)
- Daily extracurricular cultural activities
- Opportunity for participants to share, make revisions to their own materials, and/or create new materials to be shared by all
- Some knowledge of Latin America is desirable but not required
- Enrollment limited to 30 participants
- Full-Day Workshop
- University Dorm residence shared room offered for out of town (Urbana-Champaign) participants.


- Film with Discussion
- Lecture by Visiting Scholar focused on history of the region
- Tango Dance Instruction
- Final Reception


- Learn about the artistic and cultural diversity in a region of Latin America
- Acquire basic understanding of the cultural and social underpinnings of Tango
- Produce course materials that use music, song lyrics as a way to talk about the social history of Latin America
- All participants will receive a copy of the materials used in the workshop


- Electronic Registration Form: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/5950725
- Registration Fee: $75.00
- Registration open.


Contemporary National Cultural Identity in Latin America and the Caribbean


Organized by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2017 Joint Latin American Educator Workshop (Program and Teaching Resources)

Designed as a professional development workshop intended primarily for high school and community college educators (but open to all K-16 educators and librarians), this one-day event incorporated perspectives from the social sciences and humanities to explore contemporary national identities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Franco Bavoni, “Soccer, Politics, and the Crystallization of Identity”, MA 16’, MAPSS, University of Chicago
  • Korinta Maldonado, "Indigenous Movements in Latin America”, Posdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Anthropology/Native American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Rebecca Linares, “Foundations of Knowledge”, PhD Candidate, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Teaching Resources Handout. We’ve put together some helpful resources to help educate faculty and students about different issues and topics of national cultural identity in Latin America and the Caribbean. The following sites represent a diverse array of perspectives on these issues as they play out around the region.