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:





Dinner & Lecture by Juefei Wang “Chinese Education in a Changing Society”

Thursday, February 2 2017.

Juefei Wang, Program Director for the Freeman Foundation and Professor of Education, emeritus, University of Vermont will be delivering a lecture on "Chinese Education in a Changing Society." In addition to his lecture, Dr. Wang would like to meet with the teachers who have gone through the NCTA program, so we have scheduled an informal dinner discussion with Dr. Wang and NCTA alumni.


DATE: Thursday, February 2
TIME: Light dinner at 5:30 p.m.; talk to begin 6:15 p.m. Q&A 7:15 p.m.
PLACE: 4130 WW Posvar Hall

FLYER: Juefei Wang Flyer


Please register by January 31 by emailing Patrick Hughes at hughespw@pitt.edu. Let us know if you are able to make it to the dinner and/or to Dr. Wang’s talk, and whether you would like a parking pass for the Posvar Hall garage.


Act 48 Hours are available.


About Dr. Wang: Dr. Juefei Wang is Professor of Education Emeritus of the University of Vermont and Program Director of the Freeman Foundation.  He received his M.Ed. in comparative education at Beijing Normal University, and M. Ed. in Foundational Studies of Education and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont.  Dr. Wang has published extensively in international education and comparative education, and has made speeches and presentations on education in the U.S. and China nationally and internationally.  He founded the University of Vermont Asian Studies Outreach Program and served as its director for 14 years.  In that role he created a statewide program for Asian studies in schools in Vermont, designed various programs for Vermont educators and students to study Asia, organized more than 1,000 teachers, school administrators, and high school and college students to visit China, Japan, and Thailand, assisted Vermont schools in offering content on Asia, and raised large











Online Book Discussion Group: Fact in Fiction and The Family



This semester we will delve deeply into Chinese history and culture during a period referred to historically as the May Fourth Movement (c. 1917-1921).  From today’s vantage point this period can be referred to as China's "First Cultural Revolution."  We will start our study by reading a graphic novel version of The Family, by Ba Jin, one of China’s most famous writers.  We will follow up with studying selected chapters from Fact in Fiction: 1920s China and Ba Jin’s FAMILY, by Kristin Stapleton.  Our goals will include exploring the environment which influenced Ba Jin’s depiction of the May Fourth/New Culture era as well as gaining an appreciation of his “strong commitment to social change” (Stapleton, p.3) within the new and struggling Republican period (1911-1949).


Registration deadline is January 23, 2017. For more information, including a registration form and a schedule of the readings, see the flyer: Fact In Fiction Flyer




Lecture By Dr. Patricia Wetzel:

“Aristotle meets Sei Shōnagon: Figures of Speech in Japanese Advertising”

Friday, January 20, 2017 at 4pm in 4130 Wesley Posvar Hall

Please join us for an afternoon talk by Dr. Patricia Wetzel, professor of Japanese at Portland State University, who will discuss the tropes and rhetoric in Japanese advertising.  Dr. Wetzel’s talk, “Aristotle meets Sei Shōnagon: Figures of Speech in Japanese Advertising,” In her lecture she will address the common rhetorical devices of Japanese advertising and how these compare with their western counterparts.  Dr. Wetzel’s talk should interest Japanese language teachers and anyone interested in understanding how Japanese is used in today’s world.

Light refreshments will be served.
Parking validation stickers for the Soldiers & Sailors lot will be available at the lecture for NCTA Alumni & Associates..
We are requesting Act 48 hours for this talk.

For more information about this talk, see the flyer: Wetzel Flyer




2017 NCTA Study Tour: Vietnam/Cambodia


June 26-July 12, 2017

This 17-day program offers a combination of guided excursions and free time to explore beaches and ruins, urban culture and awe-inspiring landscapes. Cruise the Mekong for a day. Overnight on a traditional sailing junk in Halong Bay. Witness the heights of Cambodia's past at Angkor Wat, and contemplate its lows by walking the infamous Killing Fields. Although many activities are included, there is still plenty of time to explore on your own and create the ultimate adventure.


Sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, University of Pittsburgh coordinating site. This study tour is open to alumni in good standing of the 30-hour NCTA seminars from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware (and the Georgetown University Seminars in 2013 & 2014). Each alumni educator may invite one adult guest to join the travel group.


To enhance the educational impact of the trip, Dr. David Kenley, Professor of Asian History at Elizabethtown College, will travel with the group. He will provide historical and cultural context to enable each teacher to fully capitalize on this unique learning experience.


To offset travel costs, subsidies are available for NCTA alumni from the Pitt NCTA region.

For complete details, and to apply, go to:










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