Welcome to Heartlands at Home and Abroad!
Heartlands at Home and Abroad is a teacher institute that provides high school teachers across Oklahoma with a professional development opportunity to study and even gain an experiential sense of life not only in the Midwest, the heartland of the U.S., but also in heartlands in countries across the globe. With these experiences they can then further enrich the classroom experiences of their students. Moreover, through a unique partnership between Cameron University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University the Oklahoma Humanities Council, and scholars across the state, the institute will bear all of the costs of participation for teacher participants.
The institute provides Oklahoma educators working at the high school level with tools to inter-relate and reconceptualize their teaching of World History, U.S. History, Oklahoma History, Economics, and Geography by exploring the theme of heartlands across six world regions: the Midwestern region of the U.S; the wheatlands of Germany and France; the Russian “Black Earth” region and Northeast Ukraine; the Pampas in Argentina; the Punjab in Pakistan and India; and Northern China.
From 1800 to the present, a period in which most of these heartlands emerged on the world stage, agricultural markets became increasingly international and production increasingly commercialized. Lands possessed by indigenous peoples in the Americas and by peasantries in other parts of the world felt the impact of industrialization, colonization, settlement, and dispossession, which tested and fractured societies while creating today's world. In one sense, then, heartlands have arisen from very recent events. Yet these heartlands are seen --and see themselves-- as bedrocks of tradition as well.
In exploring these places with the participating teachers, the institute’s faculty, who are drawn from across the state and across the state’s institutions, will focus on a set of common questions and seek answers to them through their participation in the institute:
What defines a heartland socially, culturally, and economically?
How do ecology and geography shape a heartland?
What political ties link heartlands to their societies?
What do heartlands have in common?
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Funding for this project has been made possible in part by a generous grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the course
of the institute do not necessarily represent those of the OHC.