Upcoming Events & Sustainability Activities

Peony Pavilion PerformanceAs the NCTA program has grown and expanded across the country, we have become increasingly interested in exploring ways that we can strengthen NCTA alumni teachers' interest in and commitment to improving teaching about East Asia. Within the Pittsburgh region we will support the following types of sustainability activities:



Book Discussion Group: “CHINA DREAMS: 20 Visions of the Future”

This fall NCTA Pittsburgh will sponsor a sixth online book discussion: “CHINA DREAMS: 20 Visions of the Future” by William Callahan (Professor of International Politics and Chinese Studies in the Politics Department of the University of Manchester, Great Britain). This book is particularly appropriate for teachers who teach China material regularly, have studied China in some depth and/or have participated in one or more of our earlier China book discussions.  All are welcome, however. The discussion group will be led by our enrichment consultant Dr. Diana Wood.  Registration for this book discussion group is Friday, September 12. For more information about the book, the schedule, and how to register click here: China Dreams Flyer






Japan in the Broader Context of Asia: an NCTA Video-Conference Lecture Series


In Spring 2014 NCTA held a video-conference lectures series “Japan in the Broader Context of Asia,” which featured a variety of talks by professors from the University of Pittsburgh, Elizabethtown College, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County


  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 6-8:30pm:   “Buddhism for the Unenlightened” by Clark Chilson, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 6-8:30pm:   “Japan and Its Asian Neighbors: History, Islands and National Identity” by Constantine N. Vaporis, Professor of History and Director of the Asian Studies Program, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
  • Tuesday, March 4:, 2014, 6-8:30pm:  “The (Non) Economic Thinking of Japan’s Decision-makers for World War II” by Richard Smethurst, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6-8:30pm: “The Myth of Homogeneity:  Immigration and Ethnicity in Twentieth-Century Japan” by David Kenley, Director, Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking and Associate Professor of Chinese History at Elizabethtown College, PA


Participating Universities: The University of Pittsburgh, Elizabethtown College, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Bucknell University, Slippery Rock University.


This lecture series was sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, University of Pittsburgh. Funding provided by the Toshiba International Foundation and the Freeman Foundation.






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