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:





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:







Sashiko, the Art of Hand-stitching: A Workshop for Teachers.

Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10am-Noon.

4130 Wesley Posvar Hall (University of Pittsburgh Main Campus)

Join NCTA and the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania for a free teacher workshop on the Japanese hand-stitching art sashiko.

Sashiko is a decorative reinforcement stitch, similar to western quilting, traditionally done with white thread on an indigo background. The presentation will be given by Fumiyo Iwadachi and the hands-on session will be facilitated by Itsuko Hotta.
Ms. Itsuko Hotta began working with the art of sashiko in 1978, and received a handcraft instructor license in sashiko in 2001. She won the Silver award in the sashiko category in the Creative Handcraft Exhibition that year. She held her first solo exhibition in 2009.

Space is limited for this workshop and registration is required.  To register, please email Patrick Hughes at hughespw@pitt.edu by October 5th. If you are a teacher who would like Act 48 hours for this workshop, please provide your PPID#.

All materials will be provided. Lunch will be provided after the workshop.  Parking validation stickers for the Soldiers & Sailors parking lot will be available during the workshop






Conference on China: A Workshop for NCTA Alumni

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, October 15 & Saturday, October 22 2016



The NCTA seminar leaders at the University of Pennsylvania will be holding a "Conference on Contemporary China," which they envision as, a "graduate program" for NCTA alumni. This free two-day conference will take place on October 15 and 22, on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Day One will be devoted to China in the World and Education in a changing society. Day Two will have presentations on the political economy, visual culture and society. Curriculum development will be part of both sessions.


Twenty five participants will be selected on an application basis, and lunch, refreshments and teaching materials will be provided. We have applied for Act 48 credits.


For more information, including the list of topics, go to: Conference on China Flyer

Registration Deadline: September 23, 2016

To register, go to: https://goo.gl/forms/Yz2fFBIr2RqGWX313






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