Teacher Programs

About Teacher Programs

NCTA provides content rich professional development programs for K-12 educators and pre-service teachers in all fields. This includes face-to-face college level seminars, online courses, workshops, book groups, webinars, and among other opportunities. Below are current offerings both locally and nationwide:

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Public Art + Dissent: Art, Protest, and Public Spaces: An NCTA Mini-Course for K-12 Educators

Public Art + Dissent: Art, Protest, and Public Spaces.

An NCTA Mini-course for K-12 Educators

November 9, 11, 13, 2020
6:00-8:30 pm (Eastern Time)
Free and Open to the Public

At an unprecedented moment in geopolitics, the work of public artists amplifies activism, resistance, and solidarity. Some of the world's most interesting art is on the streets and easily accessible to all. In this free NCTA mini-course for K-12 educators we will discuss how protest art uses public space to engage in dialogue between the artist and the public. Artists from around the world question "what is" and "why" that transcends national boundaries and politics. We will examine works of Ai Weiwei, Yayoi Kusama, Keith Haring, Loyalist murals from Northern Ireland, and the Black Lives movement. A teacher-led session at the end will be included.

Students and others are welcome to sign up for any session. 

Pennsylvania K-12 educators who want Act 48 must attend all three sessions;
Certificates of Completion will be given to teachers in other states who complete all three sessions.

To register for this program, please click on the link here: https://forms.gle/S65gL23BAwEKnMyM7


Mini Course Schedule of Speakers

Monday, November 9th 

6:00 pm- 8:30 pm (Eastern Time)


Visual Noise: Street Art in Activism and Placemaking in Bogotá Colombia

Dr. Caitlin Bruce, Department of Communications 


Public art has long been an important part of social justice practice. As a means of educating, shaping public feelings, highlighting issues of collective importance, and offering imaginative resources for creating different worlds, art is a rich communicative resource. In this presentation I offer a brief overview of some of the ways in which graffiti and muralism have served as a mechanism for collective voice, and then discuss the case of Bogotá, Colombia. In Bogotá graffiti, street art, and muralism—“arte urbano”—are one means to explore and critique ongoing issues of transitional justice. In particular, this presentation takes up the phenomenon of graffiti tours in Bogotá. It argues that two tours in particular: Grafficable and Bogota Graffiti Tour illuminate two challenges in using art as a mechanism for social justice: aestheticization, and context. 


Caitlin Bruce is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research is in the area of visual studies, affect studies, and critical theory. She is currently investigating the relationships between public art in urban spaces in transition within a transnational milieu. Largely focusing on graffiti and muralism, Bruce argues that such public art creates spaces for encounter between different publics, and between publics and central, peripheral, or marginal spaces. Her research takes her to Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Paris, Perpignan, León Guanajuato, and Mexico City. She is currently working on a manuscript on transnational public art.  Caitlin is this year’s Global Academic Partnership fellow through the Global Studies Center.  



Ai Weiwei:  Art Shall Liberate the World 

Eric Shiner, Executive Director of Pioneer Works

Perhaps no other artist working today is as important as Ai Weiwei in terms of commitment to affecting actual change in the global political and social realities of our age. Working across myriad media, and with a special emphasis on high-impact and broadly democratic public art, Ai Weiwei has become a critical voice in activist and social justice-centric art making over the course of his entire career.  In this talk, we will examine not only works of art made by Ai Weiwei, but will also look at his role as a major force of positive societal change and how governments and institutions have navigated his powerful voice. 

Eric Shiner, Executive Director of Pioneer Works, brings with him a range of great experience to help bring Pioneer Works to the next level. From 2011-2016, he was the Director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, after serving as the Milton Fine Curator of Art at the museum beginning in 2008. He was most recently the Artistic Director at White Cube Gallery here in New York. Prior to that he served as the Senior Vice President of Contemporary Art at Sotheby's. Throughout these experiences, Eric has demonstrated his commitment to lead in ways that promote diversity, inclusion and social justice.  





Wednesday, November 11th 

6:00 pm- 8:30 pm (Eastern Time)


Kusama Yayoi:  Radical Performance as a Means of Self-Preservation and Social Critique 

Eric Shiner, Executive Director of Pioneer Works 


Now one of the “most important living artists” as deemed as such by the global capitalist art market, Kusama Yayoi enjoys top-tier status as a successful contemporary artist.  However, this certainly was not always the case, as she spent decades in obscurity after an early bout with fame during her time lived in NYC (1957-1972) as a well-regarded and relevant artist.  Public art in the form of “happenings” was a major tenet of her early art-making, and also served as precursor to later, large-scale public installations and sculptures that highlight her characteristic dots and replication of objects.  In this talk, we will discuss how Kusama’s obsession with form and repetition found its start in performance meant to perpetrate society in radical gestures aimed at changing the status quo.   


Eric Shiner, Executive Director of Pioneer Works, brings with him a range of great experience to help bring Pioneer Works to the next level. From 2011-2016, he was the Director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, after serving as the Milton Fine Curator of Art at the museum beginning in 2008. He was most recently the Artistic Director at White Cube Gallery here in New York. Prior to that he served as the Senior Vice President of Contemporary Art at Sotheby's. Throughout these experiences, Eric has demonstrated his commitment to lead in ways that promote diversity, inclusion and social justice.  


Loyalty in Dissent: Loyalist Public Murals in Pre- and Post-Ceasefire Northern Ireland 

Erin Hinson, Vice President of Research Development at Abbey Research 


In this talk, I will explore the complex and multi-faceted identity politics of loyalists in Northern Ireland. The presentation will examine how these politics are visualized, contested, and interrogated through the use of public mural displays. Loyalism in Northern Ireland is an intriguing construct – born of centuries of conflict and dissent around the intersections of religion, politics, land, and identity. This presentation will therefore start by briefly introducing the development of loyalism from the late 17th century to the early 20th. It will then cover the varying manifestations of loyalism throughout the 20th century conflict known colloquially as ‘the Troubles’ (1968-1994) and through the post-ceasefire period of economic investment, mural reimaging, and emerging cultural discourses (1994 to present).  

Public murals in Northern Ireland date to the early 20th century, and as such, this presentation will trace their evolution as cultural symbols, territory markers, and representations of dissent within several subgroups of loyalism. The presentation will utilize essential texts on mural displays, the past and present conflict landscape of Belfast, while employing images of murals to elucidate key themes. Northern Irish loyalism makes a fascinating case study of identity construction within a conflict zone because it differs from many popular conceptions about what ‘conflict’ looks like internationally. Further examinations of loyalism also complicate narratives about ‘the Troubles’ and expose the diverse visual and cultural landscapes of contemporary Northern Ireland.


Erin Hinson is the Vice President of Research Development at Abbey Research. She holds a PhD in Irish Studies from Queen’s University Belfast. She is published in the edited collections Ethnographies of Movement, Sociality and Space: Place-Making in the New Northern Ireland and The Carceral Network in Ireland: History, Agency and Resistance, and in the Global Discourse Journal Special Edition – Militancy and the Working Class. Her current research interests include prison systems and reforms, issues of paramilitary demobilization and reintegration, and their intersections with art and craft work. 




Friday, November 13 

6:00 pm- 8:30 pm (Eastern Time)


Waking Up With 'Chu'

 Jerome 'Chu' Charles, multidisciplinary artist










Jerome “Chu” Charles is a multidisciplinary artist who started out with whatever crafts his mother was involved in until his teens where he picked up photography, which led to an interest in graffiti, which in practice led to illustration and painting, which is currently servicing him in his pursuit of muraling and sign painting. As his abilities grow through practice, he also hopes to learn how to use his gifts to service the world at large, using his point of view as a gay Black man in a military family in America.



Teacher led session: Creative Resistance Case Studies for the K-12 Classroom

 Michael-Ann Cerniglia, History Department Chair at Sewickley Academy


This session will examine the role that art and technology play in contemporary political movements around the world and how relevant case studies support curricular goals in the 7-12 classroom. By guiding students to examine politically motivated film, art, music, and digital communication, teachers can help students better understand how, throughout history, innovative ideas have sprung from censorship and repression which, over time, communicate goals and affect change. 


Michael-Ann Cerniglia is the Senior School History Department Chair at Sewickley Academy, an independent school north of Pittsburgh, PA, where she teaches Grades 10-12 AP European history, AP US Government and Politics, and global studies electives. Most relevant to today's presentation, she teaches a course called "World Religions," which examines the five major world religions and how they interact with the cultures in which they engage  At school, she commits her time to curriculum, equity and inclusion initiatives, student clubs, and professional development opportunities that present themselves. Michael-Ann is passionate about global experiences in teaching, literature, film, technology, communication, and travel. She resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two daughters.

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This mini-course is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh's National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, and Global Studies Center, and is co-sponsored by the European Studies Center and the Center for Latin American Studies.
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NCTA-AMAM at Oberlin College: Perspectives in East Asian Art

NCTA-AMAM at Oberlin College: Perspectives in East Asian Art

Thursday, October 29, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Eastern Time / 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Central Time

Partnering with the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) at Oberlin College, this interactive presentation will provide an overview of the East Asian art collection at the AMAM, with examples of how to interpret works of art from the collection using different disciplinary lenses.

Join museum curators in exploring renowned works of art through Augmented Reality (AR), and gain access to FREE online resources for K–12, including standard-driven lesson plans for cross-disciplinary and differentiated learning.  
The programs will be conducted by Zoom. You can sign up for one or all of these presentations. Act 48 for Pennsylvania teachers provided. Certificates of Completion available upon request for teachers who attend.
To register, please visit the link here: https://forms.gle/qQaBHuGLN75KbZxn8
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Teaching About Climate Change: Vulnerabilities, Responsibilities, and Action Teacher Workshop with Choices Program

Teaching About Climate Change: Vulnerabilities, Responsibilities, and Action Teacher Workshop with Choices Program

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

5:00 - 7:00 pm Eastern Time / 4:00 - 6:00 pm Central Time

Join our partners at the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh for the Choices Program in an exploration of its 8- to 10-day unit, Climate Change and Questions of Justice. We'll explore the readings, lessons, and videos that are part of the unit, and discuss ways to implement each in diverse classroom settings, including tips for using the unit in remote settings and/or project-based classrooms. The countries covered include China, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Freiburg (Germany), Colombia, Haiti and parts of the USA. All participants will receive a two-year Digital Editions license to the curriculum and Act 48 credit hours. This is a two-hour, participatory, online workshop, with an additional hour of prep work required. The program is co-sponsored with the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

To register, please click the link here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBXvImwnyKg6BkFqFs-cIe_SMxPBgY7oVTYlm4x3fCBLzyoA/viewform

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From Our Classroom To Yours: An NCTA Master Teacher Workshop Series

From Our Classroom To Yours:

An NCTA Master Teacher Workshop Series

A series of NCTA Master Teacher workshops on integrating East Asia into your classroom. 

Join us for a teacher to teacher presentations that will cover content, strategies, implementation, and resources for bringing East Asia into your classroom this year.

Each presentation will provide Act 48 for Pennsylvania teachers and Certificates of Completion for teachers from other states.



Schedule of Programs: 


From Our Classrooms to Yours: East Asian Case Studies in Human Geography: Population, Migration, and Innovation 

 Matthew Sudnik (September 21; 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT) 


How do you teach about East Asia or use the many outstanding classroom resources of NCTA if you do not teach an Asian Studies course? Over the past ten years of my association with NCTA, I have incorporated Asia content and case studies into general history, social studies, and humanities classes. During this workshop, I would like to share three examples from my AP Human Geography class:  


* Population and Demographic Transition through a comparison of Japan’s declining birth rates with Northern India 

* Migration of Chinese workers from villages to cities - Factory GirlsGirls on the Line, and Ai Wei Wei's documentary Human Flow 

* Innovation in North and South Korea: a tale of two industrializations 


Matthew Sudnik is the History Department Chair at The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia. He previously served as Director of the Scholars Program at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Matthew has taught courses in World History, Human Geography, Philosophy, and Humanities. He completed his NCTA 30-hour Seminar in 2010 at the University of Pittsburgh and traveled with NCTA on study tours to China (2011), Japan (2012, 2017), and Taiwan (2019). He is also currently the workshop coordinator for NCTA in Northern Virginia, a program of the NCTA coordinating site at the University of Colorado.   


  To Register, please click on the link: https://forms.gle/LSagTMngorZJg6f66





From Our Classrooms to Yours: “Picture This! Traveling Through Time with Japanese Art and Manga” 

    Angie Stokes (October 10; 1:00-3:00 p.m. EDT)


Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020


Time: 1:00-3:00pm EST 


Come follow the “Journey along the Tōkaidō,” a series of engaging K-12 lesson plans compiled by East Asian Studies faculty at The Ohio State University with support from the Japan Foundation. This robust online teaching resource emphasizes change over time while comparing global cultures through the lenses of art and manga from Early Modern and Modern Japan (ca. 1800s to 1930s). Webinar participants will discover new ways to engage students in this exploration of Japan’s most important trade route, the Eastern Sea Route (the Tōkaidō), which has connected Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka since ancient times. While exploring the historical significance of the Tōkaidō, Dr. Ann Marie Davis (OSU) will discuss the “Tōkaidō Manga Scroll” (Tōkaidō gojūsantsugimanga emaki), created in 1921 by 18 members of the Tokyo Manga Association, vis-a-vis The 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō, a famous series of woodblock prints by celebrated artist Andō Hiroshige (1797-1858). Angie Stokes, junior high and high school art teacher, will take participants through several parts of the curriculum to share the ways in which she has used these close-looking activities in her own classroom as a means for engaging students of all abilities. 


Angie Stokes is the art teacher at Wayne Trace Junior/Senior High School in Haviland, Ohio. She received her undergraduate degree in art and history at the University of St. Francis and her Master's in Teaching from Chatham University.  She spent five years with Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh as a lead teacher and program director before returning to the classroom where she has spent 15 years teaching courses in social studies and art for grades 1 through 12.  She currently enjoys teaching her AP Art History, East Asian Art History, and a variety of other studios along with working with the Freeman Foundation's National Consortium for Teaching About Asia as one of their NextGen Teacher Leaders.  


Ann Marie Davis is Assistant Professor and Japanese Studies Librarian at The Ohio State University. In her current position, she manages OSU’s Japanese Studies Collections, including its world class Manga Collection, one of the largest collections of Japanese comics outside of Japan. Prior to her work at OSU, she was a History professor at Connecticut College where she taught courses on Japanese History, East Asian Empire and Expansion, and the History of Women and Gender in Modern Japan. She earned a Masters in Regional Studies-East Asia at Harvard University; a PhD in Japanese History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); and a Masters in Library Science at Southern Connecticut State University. Her recent book manuscript, Imagining Prostitution in Modern Japan, 1850–1913, was published by Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield, in 2019. 


This program is Co-Sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania. 


 To register, please click on the link: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d9VW0vUGbu5MxaR 



From Our Classrooms to Yours: “That's Lama with One 'L': Exploring Tibetan Buddhism in the Social Studies Classroom” 

 Stephanie Rizas (November 16; 7:00-9:00 p.m. EST) 


Are you curious about Tibetan Buddhism and how it can be incorporated in the classroom? This presentation is for you! We will discuss the basic tenets of Tibetan Buddhism with a focus on some of the more unique aspects of its believers: the use of the mandala, khora, and the role of reincarnation. We will discuss and use clips from various films, including Unmistaken Child, Kundun, and Seven Years in Tibet. We will discuss the political role of the Dalai Lama and the future of Tibetan Buddhism in modern China as well. Prepare to learn, to meditate, and to admire the beauty of Tibetan Buddhism!  


Stephanie Rizas teaches IB History and East Asian History to 11th and 12th graders in Montgomery County, Maryland. She is a passionate proponent of inclusive curriculum and pedagogy and spends time at school both planning engaging lessons and supporting inclusive initiatives and student clubs. Outside of school, Stephanie enjoys traveling the world - most recently with a trip to Tibet and Nepal with fellow NCTA teachers. She lives outside of Washington, DC with her husband and two children.


To register, please click on this link: https://forms.gle/dbDd65knQnayJ6x89




From Our Classrooms to Yours: “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress” 

 Michele Beauchamp (December 9; 6:00-8:00 p.m. EST) 


In this workshop, the presenter will discuss Dai Sijie's novel Balzac and Little Chinese Seamstress as an artifact of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and how we might read fictional text as a way to understand this period of China’s history. Ms. Beauchamp will present an analysis of the author’s treatment of various themes such as literacy, censorship, love, and friendship. The workshop will include approaches to teaching the novel, such as the role of the transformative storyteller and Sijie's use of intertextuality. In addition, we will explore ways in which teachers might use Sijie's 2005 film adaptation of his novel as a stand-alone film study or as an extension of teaching the text.  


Michele Beauchamp is an English teacher at Manheim Township High School in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She received her MEd from the University of Pittsburgh and for the past 25 years she has taught all levels of secondary English Language Arts. Michele incorporates Asian literature into her coursework and provides colleagues with resources for teaching about Asia.  


Michele became involved with NCTA 2008 when she took the 30-hour seminar. She has participated in two NTCA study tours and has taken advantage of numerous opportunities to study about Asia. Last year she started training to lead NCTA seminars and recently co-lead a book study series and a mini-lecture on the Japanese novel GO.


To register, please click on this link: https://forms.gle/BRTDNt82UqXv2ZkA9




From Our Classrooms to Yours: “The Joy of Tangrams” 

 Karen Gaul (January 14; 6:00-8:00 p.m. EST)


This presentation shows how tangrams are much more than a simple Chinese puzzle. Participants will learn about the colorful history of tangrams including origin 

legends, their somewhat mysterious inception, and use of the puzzle by famous enthusiasts, all while deepening their understanding of Chinese history. Opportunities for hands-on exploration of puzzles from basic forms through seemingly unsolvable paradoxes promise to be both fun and challenging to participants. While the math classroom might be the obvious place for tangrams in school, we will also explore creative applications across the K-12 curriculum. Information on resources applicable to all grade levels will be shared.  


Karen Gaul recently completed her seventeenth year as an educator at Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently a fifth-grade teacher, having taught third grade for the first 10 years of her Winchester Thurston career. In addition to providing students with a dynamic and engaging learning environment, Karen is passionate about global education. Karen is a regular presenter at NCTA seminars and has also contributed to the University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center teacher outreach program. Her curricular work has been published in Education About Asia, The East Asian Gateway for Linking Educators, and UCIS International Outreach. Karen currently serves on the NCTA teacher advisory board for the national coordinating site at the University of Pittsburgh. She participated in the 2009 NCTA study tour, “Migration and Identity: A Study Tour of China and Vietnam.” In 2011 Karen established a partnership between Winchester Thurston and Beijing’s Peking University Elementary School. This partnership annually welcomes over thirty fifth graders from Beijing to Winchester Thurston classrooms for a two-week immersive experience. 






From Our Classrooms to Yours: “Shibori - the Japanese Art of Shaped Resist Dyeing” 

  Kachina Martin (February25; 7:00-8:30 p.m. EST) 


From the science of dyeing to the mathematical precision of the patterns, shibori is a form of art that is applicable across multiple disciplines and age groups. This presentation will start with a brief history of shibori in Japan and move to the present day. Resources, practical tips, and suggestions for the use of non-traditional materials 

will be addressed, enabling teachers to share this art form with students in elementary grades to high school.   


Kachina Leigh Martin is an artist and educator who teaches studio art and art history at Muhlenberg High School in Reading, Pennsylvania. She earned her undergraduate degree in English literature, French, and art history at Albright College and holds an MA from Temple University in art history, where she focused on 19th century French artists. She recently completed her MFA at the University of the Arts. Kachina has spent over 20 years at Muhlenberg and is part of a team-taught course called Global Studies in which she, a music teacher, English teacher, and social studies teacher work collaboratively to introduce students to cultures around the globe. She has written about lessons for journals such as Art & Activities. Her work with the Freeman Foundation’s National Consortium for Teaching About Asia has led to numerous educational opportunities for her and her students, as well as the privilege of writing for Education About Asia. Kachina completed her NCTA seminar work in 2009 and traveled to Japan as part of a study tour in 2010. Kachina teaches AP Art History as well as AP studio, and maintains an independent studio at the GoogleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pennsylvania where she focuses on teaching advanced textile techniques.  Her work can be seen at www.kachinaleigh.com.   


This program is Co-Sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania.   



From Our Classrooms to Yours: “Worldviews and Belief Systems” 

Michael-Ann Cerniglia (March 18; 6:00-8:00 p.m. EST)  


This presentation will examine the foundations of world beliefs, how (and why!) to teach about them in a social studies classroom, and ways to help students see their relevancy in the world today. Participants will learn most directly about the basic tenets of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Emphasis will be placed on the worldviews that underpin each faith, how they are connected, and how they are distinct. Resources will be shared and opportunity to work in collaborative online groups will be given, to simulate the student learning experience.  


Michael-Ann Cerniglia is the Senior School History Department Chair at Sewickley Academy, an independent school north of Pittsburgh, PA, where she teaches Grades 10-12 AP European history, AP US Government and Politics, and global studies electives. Most relevant to today's presentation, she teaches a course called "World Religions," which examines the five major world religions and how they interact with the cultures in which they engage.  At school, she commits her time to curriculum, equity and inclusion initiatives, student clubs, and professional development opportunities that present themselves. Michael-Ann is passionate about global experiences in teaching, literature, film, technology, communication, and travel. She resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two daughters. 





From Our Classrooms to Yours: Dynasty Smackdown 

Matthew Roberts (April 14; 6:00-7:30 p.m. EDT) 


“Your dynasty is so weak you lost to Korea FOUR TIMES! You're like the Buffalo Bills of China.” 


“Oh yea, then why are we so Suite?!” 


Historical debates can be fun and educational. In this presentation we’ll look at one way to turn a dry, document-based discussion into a smack down, drag-out, no holds barred, debate. This tool is appropriate for 7-12 classrooms and with some modification can be used at the elementary level. Students learn important research skills, historical analysis and interpretation, and have a great time doing it.  


Matt Roberts is the Social Studies Department Chair at Pine-Richland High School in Allegheny County. He teaches 10th grade World History and 12th grade Asian Studies and AP Psychology. Matt has given several presentations for NCTA including “The Physics of the Samurai Sword” and “The Neuroscience of Buddhism.” Through NCTA, he has traveled to China and Japan and most recently co-led the 2019 Study tour “China: The Space Between Us.” Matt’s interests include curriculum development, travel, health and wellness, and traditional woodworking.  


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Five Colleges Center for East Asian Studies 2020 Webinars

Join the NCTA and the Five Colleges Center for East Asian Studies for their 2020 Series of Webinars. 

Engage with experts and educators in thoughtful discussions and engaging presentations on the topics below.

To learn more, please click this link.

Afro-Asian Ties: Sino-Black Relations

Presenter: Dr. Keisha Brown, Middle Tennessee State University

Oct. 8, 2020, 7-8pm ET

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5280610610138734862

Nagasaki: Life after Nuclear War, a Conversation with author Susan Southard

Join author Susan Southard as she discusses her book which chronicles the lives of five Nagasaki bomb survivors. 

Oct 14, 2020, 7-8pm ET

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4094345315731416844



Implementing Peace
Presenter: Sarah Campbell, Ketchikan High School

What does it mean to be a “peace teacher” in this moment? Why is peace education so important moving forward? Join Sarah Campbell, a participant in the US Institute of Peace teacher program, as she explores challenges, opportunities, and pathways forward to teaching about issues of conflict and peace at the international level as well as here at home, and shares some core concepts and tools in peacebuilding.

Nov 4, 2020 7-8pm ET

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2743930632039034636



Indigo Girl
Presenter: Suzanne Kamata

Join author Suzanne Kamata as she discusses her YA novel, 2019 Freeman Award Honorable Mention Indigo Girl. “Aiko spends the summer in rural Japan with her biological father in this sequel to Gadget Girl (2013). Aiko Cassidy feels like she doesn’t fit in with the perfect family her mother has created with her Latinx stepfather and their new baby. Aiko is biracial (her mother is white) and has cerebral palsy.  Hoping for a sense of belonging and some inspiration for her manga, Gadget Girl, she accepts her biological father’s invitation to spend the summer with his family on their indigo farm in Japan. Aiko attends school with her half brother, goes on tours with her father and his wife, and tries to please her disapproving Obaachan. As long-buried family secrets emerge, Aiko’s view of her entire family changes. Kamata has created another engaging coming-of-age story about finding one’s place in the world.” Kirkus Reviews

Nov 12, 2020, 7-8pm ET

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2428950237511163660



No Steps Behind
Presenter: Jeff Gottesfeld

Join author Jeff Gottesfeld as he discusses his children’s picture book No Steps Behind, about Beate Sirota Gordon. Beate Sirota Gordon (1923-2012), daughter of Russian and Austrian Jews, moved at the   age of 5 with her family to Tokyo, where she was immersed in Japanese language and culture. The outbreak of World War II formed a backdrop to college studies in California that opened her eyes to gender equality. In 1945, Gordon returned to Japan as an interpreter for the occupying U.S. Army. There, she drafted clauses for the new Japanese Constitution that granted Japanese women suffrage as well as protection from gender-based discrimination.” Kirkus Reviews

Nov 17, 2020, 7-8pm ET

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3521477767581459212



Imperial Beijing: The Design and Construction of the Northern Capital

Presenter : Dr. Aurelia Campbell, Boston College

Nov. 18, 2020, 7-8pm ET

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7564544750657320206

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