Online Book Discussion Group(s)

About Online Book Discussion Groups


Online book groups are another opportunity for NCTA alumni as well as those who are new to NCTA to strengthen their interest in and commitment to teaching about East Asia in their classrooms. A book is selected by the discussion group leader and is discussed over the course of a few months. In addition to readings, the group may be expected to complete assignments such as discussion posts, reactions to the readings, and pose questions for further analysis. Registration is required for the discussion group and it is open to all NCTA alumni in our 11 state region. There are also book groups that are taught nationwide and are availabe to interested educators in all states. Previous online discussion group books have been Mao Zedong by Jonathan Spence and China's Second Continent by Howard W. French.

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Great Books of East Asia: The Analects by Confucius


Great Books of East Asia Series:

The Analects by Confucius


Thursday, April 7, 2022 

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time 


The first in our new NCTA Great Books of East Asia series will provide you with a chance to study Confucius’ The Analects, one of the most influential books of East Asia. Join literature specialist Dr. Ying (Amelia) Qin and master NCTA teacher Matthew Sudnik who will lead this free book discussion group for K-12 educators. Participants will learn more about the cultural and historical background of The Analects, its reception over the centuries, and will share ideas for classroom use. 


Everyone will be sent a complimentary copy of the Annping Chin translation of The Analects (Penguin Classics) to read. In addition, participants will also receive The Analects: An Illustrated Edition (illustrated by C. C. Tsai) and Confucius: Great Teacher of China by Demi. Register now for this inaugural program in our new series and get the chance to read and learn about this foundational book. 


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Dr. Ying (Amelia) Qin received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently teaching at the University of Pittsburgh. She offers a variety of courses on the literature and intellectual culture of premodern China. 


Matthew Sudnik received his M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School and is currently teaching at Georgetown Preparatory School, a Jesuit boarding school in North Bethesda, Maryland. He has taught high school courses in world history, human geography, philosophy, and world religions for 15 years. He is a NCTA alum and a regular NCTA presenter. 


More About Great Books of East Asia Series

The Great Books of East Asia is a free book discussion series that will give K-12 educators a chance to delve deeply into important and foundational books from East Asia that they may know of or even teach about but may have never read in an enriching way.  Some books in the series are significant for understanding East Asia or are well known as important works of world literature. Others may not be familiar outside of a particular country but are a central part of that country’s literature.  Participants will be provided with complimentary copies of the books (in translation). The discussions will be led a faculty expert who will provide content and context on the work, and an NCTA master teacher who will discuss ways to incorporate the work into the classroom.


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