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 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Sixth Annual Introduction to Asia Conference



WHEN: Tuesday February 18, 12:00pm-5:00pm 
WHERE: University Center Auditorium
WHO: K-12 Teachers and Administrators, the General Public, and Students
9:30 am to 11:00 am (University Center) Special Small-Group Seminar For Middle and High School World History and Geography Teachers
“Integrating East Asia Into Your World History or Geography Classroom” 
(Information about the small-group seminar is on the application form)
The UTC Asia Program is collaborating with the Department of Sociology, Geology, and Anthropology to host the sixth annual Introduction to Asia Conference. Additional support is provided by the Freeman Foundation, the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and Health, Education, and Professional Studies, and the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville
This year’s program promises to be an exciting one and all speakers are committed. Speakers include:
Consul-General of Japan in Nashville Motohiko Kato (Security through Peace: Postwar Japan’s Role in Fostering Global Peace and Prosperity)
University of Memphis Professor Catherine Phipps (East Asia in 20th Century World History: Critical Themes)
TVA Manager Neelanjan Patri and McCallie School student Tanay Patri (Indian and American Cultures: Reflections)
UTC Professor Lucien Ellington (Taiwan and the Republic of Korea: Democratic and Economic Transparency?)
UTC Japan Outreach Initiative Coordinator Asami Nakano with Tae Maruyama (Narrated Tea Ceremony Demonstration)
Although UTC students, faculty, and community members will be attending the conference, we are particularly interested in hosting a large contingent of teachers. The Introduction to Asia Conference is a National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) event.* All teachers who attend will earn NCTA points that may be used for professional development credit, and other Asia-related activities in the US and in East Asia. 
Although submission of an application is required, admission is free and all K-12 teachers who are accepted will receive a packet of curriculum materials on February 18th. There are also individual grants remaining for teachers new to our programs that will enable them to purchase additional Asia materials for their classrooms. The final UTC application deadline is February 12, but you are advised to apply early if you are interested in receiving these funds
Because the Introduction to Asia Conference occurs in a large auditorium, we’ll be able to accommodate more than twenty teachers and also invite teachers to bring middle and high-school students. If you are interested in doing this, please indicate in the appropriate place on the application form approximately how many students you intend to bring so seats can be reserved for them. 
To request an application, please email Jeffrey Melnik at
If you have any questions, please email or call him at 423-425-2118.
*The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) is a professional development program funded by the Freeman Foundation that focuses on increasing teacher and student knowledge of East Asia. More than 18,000 teachers have participated in NCTA seminars since the program began in 1996. If you are new to NCTA, you’ll learn more about it at the Sixth Annual UTC Introduction to Asia Conference.