• Lesson Five. Hosting a Diplomatic Reception

    Created December 3, 2015
    Diplomacy Challenge: Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror

    In this lesson students synthesize the information gathered in the earlier intelligent briefings and in the written intelligence in order to build a relationship with one other team of student diplomats.

  • Lesson Four. Writing a Diplomatic Toast

    Created December 2, 2015
    Diplomacy Challenge: Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror

    In this lesson students apply the intelligence gathered at the intelligence briefing and through their primary source analysis to prepare a toast for one Early Modern empire.

  • Lesson Three. Analyzing “Intercepted Intelligence”

    Created November 12, 2015
    Diplomacy Challenge: Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror

    In this lesson, students analyze a primary source document: A Papal Bull issued by Pope Pius V in 1570, excommunicating Queen Elizabeth of England.

  • Lesson Two. Empire Intelligence Briefings

    Created November 6, 2015
    Diplomacy Challenge: Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror

    A key role of diplomats is to gather and analyze intelligence. In this lesson students, acting as diplomats, will present a short “intelligence briefing” to the representatives of the other Early Modern empires.

  • Lesson One: Learning about Early Modern Era Empires

    Created October 29, 2015
    Diplomacy Challenge: Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror

    A key role of diplomats is to gather and analyze intelligence. In this lesson, students acting as diplomats, will prepare a short intelligence briefing on their assigned empire to present to the representatives of the other modern empires.

    Illustration from a Kalila wa Dimna Manuscript, 1200–1220 CE

    World History from EDSITEment

    Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in World History.

    Cerámica y Cultura: The Story of Spanish and Mexican Mayólica bird plate

    Cerámica y Cultura: The Story of Spanish and Mexican Mayólica

    Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe exhibition places Mayólica, a method of glazing earthenware pottery in historic and cultural context. A full array of educational resources is provided.

    Camus’ “The Myth of Sisyphus”: A Close Reading of the Absurd

    Background | Reading The Myth of Sisyphus | About the authors | About the image

    No one who lives in the sunlight makes a failure of his life. Albert Camus, Notebooks

    Launchpad: “The Grand Inquisitor” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    By Ed Marks and Dan Cummings, revised by Joe Phelan

    About the Author

    In the spring of 1849, Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881) faced a Russian firing squad. He had been accused of the political crime of promoting utopian socialism, a popular ideology that threatened the deeply conservative government of Czar Nicholas I. Just as the order was being given to the firing squad to shoot, a messenger appeared with an edict from the Czar commuting the sentence to four years of hard labor in Siberia.

    James McNeill Whistler & the Case for Beauty

    An NEH-funded PBS documentary by filmmaker Karen Thomas examines the life of the artist and the course of his career and supplies teachers and museum educators with lesson plan, videos, a time line, images, and more to learn about Whistler and his art. Connect with the streamed version of the film.