We are very fortunate to live in a diverse city with many resources for global exposure and education. This list is by no means comprehensive. The links for the Chicago Cultural Alliance provides a links for all the participating cultural institutions in Chicago. The Museum link provides links for all the major museums. All the links are at the bottom of the page.
A few ideas on how the resources can be used...
Chicago Council on Global Affairs - The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has extensive publications, events and debates on current affairs, the election and other global issues. For example, when students are doing the science unit on water, they can use their resources to do more in-depth research on global water issues. If there is a talk given about water issues students are encouraged to attend
The Chicago Cultural Alliance - The Chicago Cultural Alliance’s mission is to connect, promote, and support centers of cultural heritage for a more inclusive Chicago. They are a consortium of Chicago-area ethnic museums, cultural centers and historical societies that span 24 neighborhoods and 7 suburbs in Chicago area and represent 28 different cultures from around the world.
When studying a particular culture or time period, a visit to a particular cultural center can be made an assignment for the students. They can visit on their own since they are high school students. For example, seeing the Killing Fields Memorial Exhibit at the Cambodian Center is very powerful, because it is in the voice and perspective of the Cambodians. It changes the nature of the narrative and the experience.
There are also lectures, performances and food tours that are given by many of the cultural institutions. These can all be incorporated into a globalized lesson.
The International House and the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago - Whether it’s a world music or dance performance, a lecture, conference, or symposium, an international film festival, or a cultural celebration, International House presents public programming that advances cross-cultural understanding and promotes opportunities for civic discourse on community, national, and world affairs. The museum at the Oriental Institute not only provides an opportunity to learn from primary sources but also to gives guided tours for particular lessons.
Instituto Cervantes and Alliance Francais - They are both cultural and language institutions maintained by the governments of Spain and France respectively. Their purposes are to promote the languages and culture of Spanish speaking and French speaking countries. They both host cultural events and have extensive libraries.
For example, the library at the Instituto Cervantes has books about language and culture of all the Spanish speaking countries. They have both an online and physical library. Students could be assigned to do research, or read or reference materials. They also have a movie and music library that students could use for assignments.
Museums - There are a great many museums in Chicago and the ways to use them create global awareness are many. Here are two of the ways that the Science department at Prosser has used the local museums.
The Notebaert Museum has an extensive Prairie Restoration Project. They grow the original tall grass that grew in the Illinois plains. It is a wonderful way for students to see original habitat and examine the effects of habitat destruction and urbanization. The education outreach program at the Museum of Science and Industry has many programs for students to study a variety of geological formations from around the world.