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:





Japanese Popular Culture: An NCTA Video-conference Lecture Series


Please join us in February and March for a video-conference lecture series for teachers on Japanese Popular Culture by two of the leading specialists in the field.  This video-conference lecture series is going to be hosted in multiple locations in our NCTA region (see below)


  • February 24, 6-7:30pm. "Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization." William Tsutsui, President of Hendrix College.    
  • March 17, 6-7:30pm.  "Teaching Japanese Videogames: Why, How and an Example of What" Rachael Hutchinson from the University of Delaware.


NCTA alumni who attend either one of these sessions will receive a complimentary copy of Dr. Tsutsui’s 2010 book Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization (Key Issues in Asian Studies series; Association for Asian Studies, Inc.)   


These lectures are free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required by emailing the appropriate contact person at the hosting site:



The video-conferences will also be joined by students from the following schools:

Pine-Richland High School (Pittburgh, PA)

Garrison Forrest School (Baltimore. MD)



This lecture series is sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, and the Freeman Foundation.






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