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Chattanooga teachers invited to East Asian seminar

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Asia Program announces a statewide East Asian history and culture seminar for high school and middle school teachers of World History, World Geography, World Literature or Art to be held June 11-22 on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Campus. Stipends for qualified teachers are available, as well as hundreds of dollars worth of free curriculum materials.

Professor Lucien Ellington of the UTC Asia Program will be the instructor, and faculty members from the both The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee Knoxville will serve as guest lecturers.

Chattanooga has been selected as one of two Tennessee sights for this seminar on China, Japan, and Korea. A concurrent seminar is being held in Knoxville on alternate days. Funding for these seminars has been provided by the Freeman Foundation, the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and the East Asian Curriculum Project of Columbia University. The purpose of the seminar is to increase teachers’ knowledge of the histories and cultures of these countries.

High school and middle school teachers from Chattanooga and surrounding areas are encouraged to apply as soon as possible; applications from upper-level elementary teachers (fourth and fifth grades) will also be considered if they include, or would like to include, Asia content in their curricula.

“The 25 teachers selected for the seminar will each receive a $500.00 stipend distributed in two installments and $200.00 worth of materials on China, Japan and Korea. Enrolled teachers, after completing all aspects of the seminar, will receive an additional $300.00 to purchase materials on East Asia for their school,” Ellington said.

Reading materials will be sent to participants in advance. The weekdays that the seminar does not meet are designated as reading days.

For the complete list of class dates and times, and an application for the seminar, please visit

Graduate credit in education for this workshop is available from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) at the individual participant’s expense. Continuing Education Units are available through UTC at the expense of the participant.

For more information, please call Peggy Pollock at (423) 425-2118 or email

May 11, 2007