“East Asia and the West”
Thursday, June 8th, 2023
9:30 am to 5:30 pm EST
An online East Asia professional development opportunity for Tennessee, Mississippi, and
Georgia middle and high school social studies teachers, educational leaders, and teachers in related fields sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA)
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“East Asia and the West” will take place on Thursday, June 8th 2023 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm EST (8:30 am to 4:30 pm Central) online over Zoom teleconference software.
Participants in the one-day Zoom workshop will receive 8 hours of professional development credit through NCTA, a $100 stipend, and complimentary East Asia teaching resources by attending the entire one-day workshop and completing a brief evaluation shortly before the conclusion of the workshop. Public or private Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia middle and high school social studies teachers, educational leaders, and teachers in related fields interested in learning more about East Asia, are eligible to apply.
Workshop participants will focus upon learning and teaching about Japan, North and South Korea, China, and Taiwan. Particular attention will be given to cultural comparisons and critical contemporary issues, both to understand East Asia and the West in history and learn more about contemporary global issues that involve the US and East Asia. Institute faculty include university professors with expertise on Asia and the West who have extensive experience and high participant evaluations for their work with high school and middle school teachers.
Workshop speakers and sessions include:
- Ron Kalafsky, Professor of Geography, University of Tennessee at Knoxville “The Physical Geographies of East Asia.”
- Lauren McKee, Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies, Berea College, “Comparative Politics: Japan and the US.”
- Brandon Bolen, Assistant Professor of Economics, Mississippi College, “East Asia and Wealth Accumulation: Economic and Financial Literacy Lessons for Americans?”
- Clayton Brown, Associate Professor of History, Utah State University “China’s Great Leap Forward.”
- Lucien Ellington, UC Foundation Professor of Education and Asia Program Director, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga “Famous East Asian Entrepreneurs.