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Month: August 2012

Being Khrushchev

This short film produced by Koji Masutani ’05 in collaboration with James Blight and janet Lang is part of a research effort called The Armageddon Letters. This multimedia project, based at the University of Waterloo, focuses on the most dangerous moment of the Cold War: the Cuban Missile Crisis. The project website when it is launched in mid-September will have a series of short films that explore this critical event.

Blight and Lang did groundbreaking work on the missile crisis while at Brown’s Watson Institute for International Studies. With the fiftieth anniversary approaching in October, Blight and Lang are focussing on the lessons in political psychology that transcend the the Cold War and relate to the role of international leaders and nuclear weapons.

The Choices Program recently released a version of its curriculum materials on the missile crisis for the Ipad. The interactive Ibook contains text, images, maps, and more than twenty short video clips of scholars explaining the importance of the events. Ultimately the materials challenge students to consider the question: Why are the lessons of the missile crisis relevant today?

2012 Leadership Institute

Choices just completed its 2012 Summer Leadership Institute, which centered around the Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy unit.  We welcomed twenty-three exceptional teachers from across the country.  These new Choices Teaching Fellows are now planning outreach activities in their schools and at many state conferences.  Visit our Upcoming Workshops page to see if a Choices workshop will be held at an event near you. We hope to receive your application for our 2013 Summer Leadership Institute! Details will be available in January.


Choices Teaching Fellows

2012 Choices Teaching Fellows


Choices Teaching Fellows met with students from 14 countries in the Middle East and North Africa to talk together about Arab Spring.



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