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:




Shibori Workshop

When: November 22, 2014.

Times: 9am-Noon or 1-4pm

Where: B42 Frick Fine Arts Buliding, University of Pittsburgh, main campus.

Fee: $10 to cover cost of materials


Imagine a plain, white piece of silk … now fold it … twist it … bind it.  After dyeing, you’ll be amazed at the transformation!  Please join us on Saturday, November 22nd  for a hands-on NCTA workshop on the Japanese textile art of Shibori. The workshop will be led by NCTA alumna Kachina Martin, an art teacher at Muhlenberg High School, who has led Shibori workshops in Pennsylvania and at the Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Mexico. During the workshop, participants will complete a scarf as well as a few fabric samples suitable for multiple uses. 


Registration is required for one of the two sessions (9am-Noon or 1-4pm). To register, please email Patrick Hughes at hughespw@pitt.edu


Examples of Shibori:





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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