About the World History and Literature Initiative

The World History and Literature Initiative (WHaLI) is a unique collaboration between area studies Centers in the International Institute and the U-M School of Education, funded in part by Title VI grants from the U.S. Department of Education, with additional funding from the International Institute and the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

Since 2009, WHaLI has provided over 500 K-12 teachers in the fields of history, social studies, and English language arts with area studies curriculum content and professional development.

Held each year, WHaLI is a three-day workshop designed to improve teachers’ capacity to teach world history and literature by providing them with area studies resources and content. New initiatives to broaden the reach of WHaLI include opportunities for early career or beginning teachers to work with experienced teachers and scholars, and the use of livestream webcasting technology and on-site facilitators to reach teachers outside the Ann Arbor area.

To register for upcoming sessions, please visit the International Institute’s World History & Literature Initiative page.