WIRC Member Events & Related Programming

Initiatives and Events listed below are the product of single WIRC-member units or smaller collaborations, covering fewer world regions within a single program or event. Although more limited in terms of global reach, these programs provide opportunities for focused engagement.

These cultural kits are available on loan, free of charge, to educators and community organizations for classroom or event use. Click on the links below to explore the offerings from WIRC Members! Please make requests directly with the Outreach Coordinator for the sponsoring center.

African Studies Discovery Boxes

South Asia Discovery Boxes

Fall 2022 Workshop: The South and Southeast Asian Refugee Experience in Wisconsin

November 19, 2022, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM 

A Curriculum Development Workshop for Community College and K-14 Educators

Register here for the workshop.

This workshop is designed for current K-14 educators who are seeking ways to incorporate discussions and material on refugee experiences in their classes. As part of Madison College’s new Hmong Studies Initiative, our featured speakers will focus primarily on Hmong experiences and comparable experiences from Afghan and Vietnamese perspectives.

Presentations will offer educators a variety of ideas and concepts for easy mapping and adaptation across a variety of subjects. Topics will include reading and writing memoirs in addition to accounts of Hmong, Vietnamese, and Afghan refugee experiences. Educators will have the opportunity to participate in breakout discussions throughout the day to exchange ideas and develop lessons.

Featured speakers:

  • Chong Moua (Lecturer in Asian American Studies and PhD Student at UW-Madison)
  • Stephanie Taylor (Refugee Wellness Coordinator, Jewish Social Services of Madison)
  • Muhammad Din Hajizada (Case Aide, Jewish Social Services of Madison)
  • Mai Elliott (Pulitzer Prize Nominee, Author of The Sacred Willow: Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family, Consultant for the Ken Burns documentary The Vietnam War)
  • Mai Neng Vang (Doctoral Candidate in Educational Policy Studies at UW-Madison)
  • Tou SaiK Lee (Poet, Hip Hop Artist, and Master’s Student at UW-Madison)

Resources from the workshop will be posted here at a later date.

For more information on this event, please contact Mary McCoy at mccoy2@wisc.edu or Andrea Fowler at assistantdirector@southasia.wisc.edu.

Sponsored by: Madison College Center for International Education and UW-Madison’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for South Asia, and Asian American Studies Program.


Environmental Crisis, Development, and Human Rights in South Asia: Past and Present – An online workshop for educators seeking new ways of addressing the climate crisis. Sponsored by the Center for South Asia

Supporting materials will be provided for all attendees.

Featured speakers include:

Deepa Badrinarayana (Professor, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Chapman University) 

Shobhana Chelliah (Distinguished Professor of Linguistics and Associate Dean of Research and Advancement at the College of Information, University of North Texas) 

Thomas Crowley (PhD Candidate in Geography, Rutgers University and author of Fractured Forest, Quartzite City: A History of Delhi and Its Ridge