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:



Teaching Asia Workshop: “Intersections: East Asia and the Curriculum” 

Saturday October 10, 2015

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Room: 4217 Wesley Posvar Hall
Registration and light breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.  Room: 4217 Posvar Hall
“Covering China from the Ground Up.” Videoconference session with Michael Meyer:

10:45 a.m. - Noon.  Room: 4217 Wesley Posvar Hall
Teacher to Teacher Presentation: “From Inside the Snow Globe: Cultural Perspectives of Japan and China From a Gaijin,” by Daniel Kornosky, Oakland Catholic High School


12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Free Lunch at the University Club, Ballroom B
Speaker: Dayong Niu


2:00 - 3:30 p.m.  Room: 3415 Wesley Posvar Hall

Teacher Panel: “Following the Paper Trail: Pulp, Power, and Pixals"

  • Matthew Roberts, Pine Richland Public Schools, PA, “Psychology of Map-Making.”
  • Mary-Jo Shine, Sewickley Academy, PA, “Environmental Impact of Paper Production.”
  • Angie Stokes, Wayne Trace Jr/Sr High School​, OH,  “Artistic Communication of Print Culture.”
  • Matthew Sudnik, Central Catholic, PA, “Paper as Power.”
  • Michael-Ann Cerniglia, Sewickley Academy, PA, “Pixals: the New Paper.”​


Registration is free and includes breakfast, lunch and parking validation for the Soldier’s & Sailors Garage parking lot.  To register, please email Patrick Hughes (hughespw@pitt.edu). Registration deadline Thursday, October 8th, 2015.


For a more detailed schedule, go to: Teaching Asia Workshop




Vietnamese Culture in the Curriculum

Saturday, October 17

Time: 8:30am 2:00pm
Place: Children’s Museum Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Registration is required by October 15. To register, go to:  http://goo.gl/forms/omcQH6tjDx 


This program is designed to provide elementary and middles school teachers with background to the exhibition “Voyage to Vietnam” which opens that day at the Children’s Museum. Join us for a tour of the exhibit, and presentations on Vietnam and on how to incorporate Vietnamese culture into your classroom. The program will include free breakfast and lunch, and participating teachers will also receive complimentary copies of Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, and The Story of Việt Nam: From Prehistory to the Present, by Shelton Woods. We have applied for Act 48 hours for this program


Detailed Program Schedule:

8:30 a.m. registration & breakfast

8:55 a.m. Welcome by Brenda G. Jordan, Director of the University of Pittsburgh coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia

9:00 a.m. “Teaching About Vietnam: Thannha Lai’s novel, Inside Out and Back Again," Karen Gaul, Winchester Thurston School,

10:00 a.m. Short Break

10:10 a.m. Brian Wolovich, Quaker Valley Middle School

11:00 a.m. Short Break

11:10 a.m. "Cultural, Musical, and Artistic Pathways for Incorporating Vietnam into the Classroom," Meghan Hynson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Duquesne University

12:15 p.m. Tour of the Exhibition

1:00 p.m. Vietnamese Lunch with Reflection and Wrap up by Brian Wolovich


Presented by the University of Pittsburgh’s National Consortium for Teaching About Asia in collaboration with the Global Studies Center, University Center for International Studies and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh


Registration is required by October 15. To register, go to:  http://goo.gl/forms/omcQH6tjDx 





In Manchuria Book Discussion Group


For the fifth year in a row, the NCTA-Pittsburgh will sponsor an online book discussion, and this time Dr. Diana Wood has selected In Manchuria, by Michael Meyer.  Several years ago our group studied Meyer’s first book, The Last Days of Old Beijing and found it informative, entertaining, and conducive to extensive inquiry.  We believe this new book promises the same experience. 


Some of the themes and issues that we will discuss include:
  • Life in a rural area, especially family connections
  • Operation of the East Fortune Rice Company
  • China’s intimate connections with Russia and Japan
  • History of the Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911
  • World War Two and the Korean War
  • Land reform, 1980’s


For Pennsylvania teachers completion of this book discussion will be worth fourteen hours of Act 48 credit.  For teachers in other states we will, upon request, provide you with a certificate of completion.


Registration Deadline: Sept. 21, 2015.

For more details about this Book Discussion Group, including a registration form and a timeline of readings, please see our flyer: In Manchuria Flyer


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