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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Book Discussion Group: Mao Zedong by Jonathan Spence

 

ANNOUNCING AN ONLINE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP FOR NCTA ALUMNI WITHIN THE PITTSBURGH REGION: (DELAWARE, MARYLAND, PENNSYLVANIA AND WEST VIRGINIA)

 

The winter/spring book selection will be Mao Zedongby Jonathan Spence. This short (c.180 pp) book is part of the Penguin LIVES series which covers a varied selection of powerful historical figures.  Among them are Charles Darwin, Rosa Parks, Mozart, Andy Warhol, the Buddha, etc.  In the foreword to the book Spence says “Mao’s beginnings were commonplace, his education episodic, his talents unexceptional:  yet he possessed a relentless energy and a ruthless self-confidence that led him to become one of the world’s most powerful rulers…One goal of this book is to show how Mao was able to rise so high, and sustain his eccentric flight for quite so long.”  (pp. xi-xii)  In addition to this book we will sample and analyze recently released interviews with Chinese on the subject of the Cultural Revolution:  http://culturalrevolution.pitt.edu.

 

Registered teachers will receive a free copy of the book. For Pennsylvania teachers completion of this book discussion will be worth fourteen Act 48 hours.  For teachers in other states we can provide you with a certificate of completion and a personal letter from the instructor.

 

Registration deadline is January 29, 2018. For more information, including a registration form and a schedule of the readings, see the flyer: Mao Zedong Flyer

 

 

 

For information about previous seminars and events, see Past Enrichment Seminars.

 

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