Course on Latin America and the Cold War brings high school educators to campus

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Kevin McKenna, Adriana Diaz Ross and Jamilya Ukudeeva participate in the course on Latin America and the Cold War. (Photo: Molly Aufdermauer)

California high school social science and history teachers gathered at Stanford recently to take part in a professional development course on Latin America and the Cold War.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching, the course offered teachers an opportunity to deepen their understanding of an important subject matter and to sharpen their pedagogical expertise.

Teachers listened to leading Stanford scholars discuss how the Cold War impacted, and was shaped by, Latin America and the Caribbean, specifically Cuba. Scholars underscored the role of underrepresented populations, including women and indigenous groups, in the conflict.

While on campus, the teachers visited the Hoover Institution Library & Archives to consult primary resources from the early years of the Cuban Revolution, including photographs, newspapers and posters.

Following the in-person course, attendees will participate in two virtual follow-up sessions to share resources and implementation strategies with other instructors. Read more about the program.