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St. Paul – Educator Workshop: The Power of Economics to Inspire and Change

Wednesday, June 29 | 9:00 am3:30 pm


We recognize the significant stress that teachers have endured, particularly over the past two years. This workshop is part of our new Educator Institute offerings, designed in response to feedback that allows for more flexibility, a nurturing learning environment for teachers, and ready to use lesson plans that align with Social Studies Standards. We look forward to welcoming you to the Minnesota Humanities Center for an experience that promotes creativity, connection, and inspiration.

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The Power of Economics to Inspire and Change Workshop, with Dr. Bruce Corrie and Michelle Deziel


Dr. Corrie will present the various ways he has used his skills as an economist to teach students, to empower the community, and to change policies. He will share a strategy of economic development rooted in the cultural assets of the ALANA (African Latino Asian and Native American) communities which he calls Cultural Destinations. In this workshop he will illustrate the power of economics to inspire and address situations such as racial inequality. This workshop will also offer intuitive ways to approach concepts in economics such as opportunity cost, and cost benefit analysis. Dr. Corrie will use his global and local experience to move abstract concepts into understandable ones.


This workshop is in collaboration with MHC and the Minnesota Council on Economic Education (MCEE).


Scholar Dr. Bruce Corrie is an economist whose life’s work focused on creating pathways to empowerment and wealth building for people with little access to power and resources. As Professor of Economics at Concordia University he offered students a multidimensional framework to analyze economic issues and served as an evaluator and mentor to academic institutions in India, China, Mongolia, and the US. He loves to travel and has visited over 25 countries in six continents.


Lead Teacher Michelle Deziel is an elementary school teacher with 11 years of classroom experience. Primarily, she taught first and second grades, and integrated personal finance into the math curriculum. Michelle is an avid reader of African American history and she has written plays about African American leaders. Currently, Michelle is a Master Teacher with MCEE and is enrolled in an instructional design and e-learning development course. She will be pursuing her Master’s in education. Michelle enjoys taking pictures of nature and cultural landscapes, going on walks, and spending time with her family.


For the full Learning Journey experience, we recommend signing up for these Learning in Community offerings: Hmong St. Paul or St. Paul’s Little Africa.



If cost is a barrier, please contact Jessica Rust at jessica@mnhum.org before registering.

K-12 educators will receive 6 clock hours.

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