University of Washington

NCTA Seminars in the Northwest Region

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) has been in existence since 1998, generously funded by the Freeman Foundation. NCTA began with five founding institutions and its partners, and now entering its seventeenth year, has grown to a network that stretches across much of the US. Each year NCTA in the northwest corner of the country, or "NCTA Northwest" (NCTA–NW), run by the University of Washington and its partners across the region, has served teachers through its seminars, study tours to Asia, and other activities. NCTA-NW holds seminars in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Teachers in other parts of the country can visit the NCTA national website for more information about NCTA in other states:

Fall 2015 Seminar

Japan and the West: From first encounters to contemporary global issues

An NCTA Seminar with Art Historian Melanie King, held at the University of Washington in Seattle

Japan and the West will focus on points of intersection between Japan, Europe, and America from their first encounters to the present. We will weave visual art together with primary and secondary source texts in order to explore historical change and continuity from multiple perspectives. The seminar will be of particular interest to teachers of World History, Art, and Contemporary Global Issues, but the application is open to all K12 teachers who want to expand their horizons and are willing to adapt the content to their classrooms. Several connections to US History will be drawn.

Seminar Highlights:

- Japan's "closed country" policy in the age of global expansion
- Excerpts from Van Gogh's letters
- Western liberalism and civil rights in the Meiji era
- Post-WWII woodblock prints and protest art
- Art and writing inspired by the 3.11 triple disaster

Seminar Meetings:
- Saturday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Saturday, October 24, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Thursday, November 5, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, November 7, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Credit options:
- 27 Washington State OSPI clock hours (free) OR
- Two 400-level UW credits (for a fee)

Seminar benefits:
- Course materials and lunches provided
- One-year subscription to subscription to Education about Asia
- $100 for the purchase of teaching materials about Japan

Registration Deadline:
Registrations from full-time in-service and pre-service K12 teachers will be accepted on a rolling basis until the seminar fills. Applications from other educators will be considered for remaining spots starting on September 21. Please see the application for more details.

For a full seminar description, visit the application page.



Fall 2015 Lecture Series and Writing Workshop

Write About Asia: Saturdays at SAAM

 Visit the Write About Asia page for more information about this program.

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Past (2015) NCTA Northwest seminars:

Chinese Culture in Context
Professor Paul Dunscomb and Mischell Anderson, University of Alaska at Anchorage

Writing about Asia Workshop in conjunction with the Saturday University Lecture Series: Crossing the Indian Ocean: Asia/Africa Connections
Mary Roberts, Librarian

China Matters: Understanding China in the 21st Century
Tese Neighbor, China specialist

Asia Between the Two World Wars
Professor Shelton Woods, Boise State University

East Asian Author Study Workshop: Children's Literature and Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction
Mary Roberts, Librarian

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