National Resource Center for West European Studies

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The National Resource Center (NRC) for West European Studies at UC Berkeley is supported by the US Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965. It is one of twelve European NRCs nation-wide, and one of eight centers and institutes on the UC Berkeley campus. The Center promotes a wide array of programs advancing scholarship and resource development on West European languages and area studies for UC Berkeley scholars and students, K-14 educators, and the broader public.

At IES, Title VI funds support the following 6 goals: 1) expand knowledge through a new research and outreach program on Global Europe, 2) expand enrollment in Less Commonly Taught Languages, 3) train greater numbers of future US leaders with European expertise and advanced levels of language proficiency to meet national needs through the creation of a Designated Emphasis in European Studies, 4) strengthen the library’s European Studies holdings, 5) train greater numbers of  K-14 teachers by continuing support for ORIAS and 2 new initiatives: partnering with two Schools of Education to a) provide new training workshops and professional development opportunities, and b) create a new teacher credentialing program  in Portuguese Language, 6) create a sustained and mutually beneficial collaboration with an Minority Servicing Institution by developing a “Partnership for International Education” (PIE) with the Peralta CC district. Below we describe our intended activities designed to reach these goals.

  1. Research workshops, colloquia, symposia, public conferences, and lectures. IES will engage five interdisciplinary faculty clusters to expand and diffuse knowledge of Global Europe.  The cluster on Europe and the Future of Global Trade and Investment assesses Europe’s role in the creation of a new international economic architecture in the wake of the global financial crisis. The second focuses on EU-California Collaboration to study cross-border public health threats, environmental threats and illegal immigration. A third focuses on A New Security Architecture for Europe in order to explore Europe’s role in NATO and growing willingness to confront a resurgent Russia. The fourth,Globalization and Governance, examines how global forces impact EU governance and, in turn, how EU policy and its governance model affect other parts of the world. The final cluster, Language, Culture and History in a Global Europe, looks at how transnational connections affect European languages, cultures, and politics. It will also explore Europe’s colonial legacy.  Funds devoted to activities connected to these themes will support research, undergraduate education through participation in an ES conference at Scripps College, teacher professional development through conference participation, the wide diffusion of research findings and the use of these materials in teacher training, strengthening ES at UC Berkeley among K-14 teachers and at the Peralta Colleges, an Minority Serving Institutions.

  2. Activities to increase enrollment in Less Commonly Taught Languages. UC Berkeley’s Spanish, French, Italian, and German course offerings are highly developed, sustainable, and have long been an important national resource. Thanks to federal funding for our LCTLs, UC Berkeley is also one of the few universities in the nation offering a Ph.D. program in Celtic Studies, Portuguese Studies, Scandinavian Studies and Dutch Studies. The Language Depts. support many European LCTLs. IES intends to increase the importance of UCB’s language program on the basis of four goals: a) expanding the study LCTLs to underserved students by building partnerships with MSIs (Peralta Colleges and San Jose State University); b) stimulating the introduction of new LCTLs at UC Berkeley; c) increasing enrollment by creating advanced courses in LCTLs that privilege reading knowledge and new teaching methodologies. Because beginning Turkish is already supported by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), IES will introduce Advanced Turkish at UC Berkeley. Straddling both the European and Asian continents, Turkish is a strategic language of national need with inadequate coverage in the US. We jointly support Advanced Turkish with CMES because it is the language of an EU candidate country, a member of NATO, and a member of the Euro-Med Partnership. It is an official minority language in Cyprus and Greece, and a minority language in several W. European nations (Germany alone counts about 3 million Turkish speakers); d) enhance the pedagogical skills of LCTL instructors by supporting their participation in curriculum and pedagogy workshops and conferences.

  3. Creation of a Designated Emphasis (DE) in European Studies. This new degree for Ph.D. students is designed to increase enrollment in European Studies and build a cohort of new European experts at UC Berkeley. DE students will form a grad student seminar and will be required to write their dissertation on a Europe-related topic, become fluent in 2 European languages other than English, and spend a semester conducting research in Europe, for which IES will offer fellowships on a competitive basis. By 2018, UC Berkeley will be one of the few universities in the world to have an ES degree at the Ph.D. level and provide a supply of new European Studies experts to serve national needs.

  4. Library Support. Acquisition funds are critical to the library because of the increasing availability of new materials in emerging areas of interest in Global Europe. We also support the acquisition and cataloguing of books and digital materials in LCTLs, particularly in Portuguese and Turkish.

  5. Training K-14 Educators. The Berkeley NRCs have planned joint ORIAS Summer Institutes for the next four years. These will target the K-14 teaching community and take into consideration new Common Core standards. ORIAS will continue its World History Reading Groups and Humanities West teacher working groups throughout each year of the grant period. IES will hold its Portuguese teacher workshops and continue its K-14 EUCE Educator Workshop on the European Union. New Activities: Two new K-12 training projects. First, the NRCs together will establish a new partnership with CHSSP to fund professional development workshops for high school teachers. While UCB, by design of the California Master Plan, does not credential teachers through the GSE, we will partner with its largest teacher training program, CHSSP, to train teachers in international subject matter consistent with state standards. While the CHSSP has a long record of success in training teachers to develop history curriculum, we will expand the focus to topics in area studies. Each year of the grant period, the partnership will organize four workshops for teachers, each treating a particular standard through a different geographical lens, one of which will be European. Each workshop will feature an academic expert presentation and a model lesson developed by a teacher, with a session to analyze the instructional strategies embedded in that lesson. We have budgeted for 4 ES workshops in this initiative over 4 years. In the second new initiative, IES will collaborate with San José State University School of Education to offer a teaching credential in both Spanish and Portuguese. Currently SJSU offers credentialing in Spanish, but demand for Portuguese is rising in High Schools, thanks in part to IES recruitment efforts.  IES will support teachers who wish to be credentialed in Portuguese to attend the Summer School in Portugal. We partially support the salary of a Public Education Specialist to coordinate the creation of this program.

  6. Outreach to Higher Education. IES is creating a partnership with community colleges, minority serving institutions, and provide training for underserved students at UC Berkeley. Thanks to a positive evaluation and growing enrollment, the ORIAS World History Curriculum workshops for community college instructors will continue in the coming years. We support the creation of a Partnership with the Peralta Community College District (Berkeley City College-BCC, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College) during 2014-18. The initiative is called the Partnership for International Education (PIE), and it will build a sustained, collaborative relationship between the IES and the Peralta Colleges.

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207 Moses Hall, #2316
University of California
Berkeley, CA  94720-2316

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