Comparing Democracies:
Colorado, Get to Know Europe

With funding provided by the European Commission, CELD has begun an 18 month initiative for teachers of government, economics, world history, and geography to implement comparative democracy lessons in middle and high school courses. New lessons from this project will provide students with a deeper understanding of European democratic institutions while simultaneously enhancing their understanding of U.S. government. Through professional exchange, teachers will have the opportunity to enhance courses with updated knowledge on the evolution of the EU, EU integration, European identity and current issues facing the EU today.

Kick-Off Community Event: April 15, 2011
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

"Achieving Justice: Comparing Courts in the EU and the U.S." was the keynote session for a two-day comparative democracy seminar that CELD hosted for government teachers from several states and countries.

A distinguished panel of jurists considered questions on rule of law, individual rights, and methods of judicial selection.

Panel members, pictured above, right to left: Sir David Edward, Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities (ret.); Judge Carlos Lucero, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit; Thomas Phillips, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Texas (ret.); and moderator, Rebecca Love Kourlis, Justice, Colorado Supreme Court (ret.)

CELD thanks Professor Don Smith, Sturm College of Law, for helping us to conceptualize the panel discussion.

Download Community Program, April 15, 2011, "Comparing Democracies."
Panel members with Ken Buckius, President, CELD Board of Directors.
  Professional Development Program for Teachers
April 16-17, Brown Palace Hotel

Aubrey Westfall, Assistant Professor, Virginia Wesleyan
College, pictured left, presented the session, “Understanding Social Contracts: The European Dream and the American Dream" about how assumptions on the role of government impact European and American values and our expectations of governments. For example, why do Americans and Europeans have such differing views of social welfare programs?
Download program agenda.
Download June 7, 2011 follow up workshop agenda.
High school IB students studying case studies about European integration
Draft lessons from this project about the EU can be accessed here.