Teacher Programs

Teaching on the Silk Roads: An NCTA Online Workshop for K-12 Educators

Thursday, August 20, 2020

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

Viewing world history from the vantage point of the Silk Roads can challenge the Eurocentrism of mainstream history and introduce a more balanced view of the past. In this online workshop, Dr. Margarita Delgado Creamer (University of Pittsburgh) and Dr. Thomas R. Mueller (California University of Pennsylvania) will explore with us the global significance of this trade network that connected India, Central and East Asia, and Europe for over a thousand years. We will especially focus on the development and spread of Buddhism and also discuss the momentous discovery of the largest cache of historic documents and artifacts found in the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang that bear witness to the cultural, religious, social and commercial activity that took place along the Silk Roads.  Part of our exploration of the Silk Roads will involve interactive mapping (using ArcGIS Online) which teachers and students can use throughout the school year to:
1)    Complete a distance analysis of the locations along the Silk Roads
2)    Examine the landscapes of the Silk Roads
3)    Evaluate "the reach" of the Silk Roads in terms of goods, cultures and diseases
All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for professional development reporting. Pennsylvania educators will receive Act 48 professional development hours.
To register for this program, please click here: 
The program will be conducted via Zoom.
This program is sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (funded by the Freeman Foundation) at the University of Pittsburgh.  Co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center, Global Studies Center,  European Studies Center, and Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies. 
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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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JASP-NCTA Late Summer Lecture Series

JASP-NCTA Late Summer Lecture Series 

Join the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania for a series of webinars touching on various aspects of Japanese culture.
Registration is required at ​www.japansocietypa.org/events​. Links will be sent to registrants  in advance of the event.
(NCTA teachers: password is NCTA for the registration link for you.} 
The Influence of Japanese Ceramics
Wednesday, August 19, 6:30 - 7:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Why have western ceramic artists continuously looked to Japan for inspiration over the past century? How has  the American craft revival
been influenced by traditional Japanese aesthetics and ethos? Join ceramic artist  and educator Jeff Guerrero for a journey through the history of Japanese ceramics and its influences on 
Western art. 

Jeff Guerrero is a digital arts and ceramics instructor at MCG Youth & Arts. His passion for  ceramics is showcased not only in instruction, but also in practice, with his ​handmade  pottery business​.  His love for Japanese culture and art also extends to the study of  Japanese tea. Currently, he is licensed to study the way of tea by the Urasenke school  under the instruction of local teacher Yuko Eguchi.
Sake: Beyond the Basics 
Wednesday, August 26, 6:30 - 7:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Dive into the world of sake with this lecture and go beyond the basic distinction of ​junmai​ and ​honjozo​.  Deb  Mortillaro, certified sake sommelier, will guide us through how five elements - the ​rice, the region, the water, the  yeast, and the brewer - combine to create unique flavors, even within the same grade of sake. We will learn  how those elements are reflected in the labels so you can become a more confident sake connoisseur. This class is a practical tasting, covering Ishioka, Mighty Peak Tokubetsu Junmai;Housui, Fragrant Water Tokubetsu Junmai; Echigo Ikarashi-Gawa, Blue River Ginjo; and Hakuyou, White Sun Junmai Ginjo. 
Deb Mortillaro is a former private chef in Pittsburgh, and one of the partners behind  Dreadnought Wines, Palate Partners, and Soiree Partners. As a wine educator and distributor,  she showcases her expertise through hands-on teaching and business practice. 
Drinking Tea in Japan 
Wednesday, September 2, 6:30 - 7:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Japanese tea drinking has been a part of Japanese culture and tradition for hundreds of years. The influence of Japanese tea has not only expanded across the globe, but it also developed into a practice with its own types of aesthetics.  Join Katsuko Shellhammer for a presentation on the history and types of tea in Japan. We will also explore modern ways to drink tea and what snacks to pair with your tea time. Finally, follow along at home and learn how to make dorayaki pancakes!
Katsuko Shellhammer is the Education Outreach Coordinator at the Japan-America Society  of Pennsylvania. She holds a license to practice tea from the Urasenke school and is  continuing her studies with local teacher Yuko Eguchi.
This series is supported by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia University of Pittsburgh Coordinating site and is a collaboration with the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania.
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75 Years Later: Rethinking Japan, World War II and the Atomic Bombs

75 Years Later: Rethinking Japan, World War II and the Atomic Bombs 

A Single-Evening Online Program for NCTA Alumni

Thursday, August 13, 2020

7:00 - 9:20 pm

Program is currently offered to Michigan teachers at this time.

In August 1945, atomic bombs destroyed two Japanese cities. For some, it meant the end of World War II and the dawn of the nuclear age, but for others, the start of years of pain and suffering. What have seventy-five years helped us to understand about political events and the end of the war? Why do Japan and the United States, allies today, remember the bombs so differently? How have writers and artists, including hibakusha (survivors), attempted to convey their experiences through art and literature? Join us for answers to these and other questions in a stimulating session of learning that may lead you rethink old assumptions. Led by:

Professor Ethan Segal (Department of History, Michigan State University), who will speak on the significance and impact of the bombs, political decisions in 1945, and different ways of remembering.

Professor Laura Hein (Department of History, Northwestern University), who will speak on the art of survivors and others who depict the suffering and ravages of war.
Professor Kyle Greenwalt (Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University), who will guide discussion of pedagogical approaches and    introduce some practical teaching techniques.
To view our flier for this program, please click the link here.
Michigan Teachers: earn 2.0 SCECHs (provided at no charge, pending MDOE approval).
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: apply today at https://forms.gle/bqiJXEyprK2KuXzQ9
Space is limited. Course will be conducted via Zoom; link will be provided to accepted applicants.
Questions or Coments? Contact Dr. Ethan Segal at segale@msu.edu
This learning opportunity made possible by the generous support of the Freeman Foundation, the MSU Asian Studies Center, and the University Center for International Studies and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia at the University of Pittsburgh.


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Detroit Institute of Art Summer Workshop Series for K-12 Educators

Detroit Institute of Art Summer Workshop Series for K-12 Educators

A museum-classroom integration workshop series co-sponsored by Pitt NCTA 
During these grade-level targeted workshops, educators will discover new ways of incorporating specific works from the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) into their curriculum as they learn more about the narratives told by the objects and images specific to the Asian galleries. They will receive access to a variety of lesson materials including readings, graphic organizers, and activities which will enhance student experiences both in their own classrooms and during their gallery and virtual visits to the DIA. Teachers will learn how to integrate images into a variety of critical-thinking activities as a means of facilitating more productive class investigations while learning how to use specific museum objects to engage students in close looking and descriptive writing activities. Additionally, teachers will learn how to access and use DIA materials for remote learning opportunities. NCTA alumna Angie Stokes will be sharing the new, cross-curricular Asian galleries curriculum with teachers and demonstrating how to use the lessons, graphic organizers, and resource materials in both regular and virtual classroom settings.
SYMBOL AND STORY: Investigating Imagery in East Asian Art (Elementary Grade Level)
Thursday, July 16, 2020
1:00 - 3:30 pm (Eastern Time)
This workshop is geared toward elementary teachers of all disciplines and will help them to gain a better understanding of the use of symbolic imagery in East Asian art. Participants will be able to strengthen cross-curricular lessons by learning new ways of connecting various symbols in artistic works with the specific plants, animals, and cultures. Professor Brian Dowdle, Associate Professor of Japanese at the University of Montana, will speak about the use of botanical imagery and other important symbols in Japanese art.
A PERFECTLY MATERIAL WORLD: Exploring Objects in East Asian Art (Middle School Grade Level)
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
1:00 - 3:30 pm (Eastern Time)
This workshop is geared toward middle school teachers of all disciplines and will help them to better identify the materials and techniques used by East Asian artists to create their work by investigating the studio environment of the literati scholar and artist. Professor Yunshuang Zhang, Assistant Professor of Chinese in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University, will speak about material culture and the development of the literati's studio in China.
BEING DIPLOMATIC: How Art Helps to Spread Ideas (High School Grade Level)
Thursday, July 23, 2020
1:00 - 3:30 pm (Eastern Time)
This workshop is geared toward high school teachers of all disciplines and will help them to learn about the dynamic exchange of objects and ideas throughout East Asia through the spread of Buddhism while gaining a deeper understanding of the impact of cultural exchange over time. Professor Hongyu Wu, Assistant Professor of Religion at Ohio Northern University, will speak about mandalas and the use of Buddhist images in art.
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Hot Nights + Cold War Film Series: Exploring the Cold War in Asia

Hot Nights + Cold War Film Series: Exploring the Cold War in Asia

SCREENSHOT: ASIA and the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh present Hot Nights/Cold War, an exploration of the Cold War through film. Join a screening films from Cambodia, North Korea, and Vietnam throughout the summer, and discussing the historical contexts and cinematographic elements.

The Missing Picture (Cambodia, Rithy Panh, 2013) Wednesday, June 24th. Discussion: 4:00 pm (Eastern Time) / 3:00 pm (Central Time) - Film Screening: 6:00 pm (Eastern Time) / 5:00 pm (Central Time) 

Songs from the North Korea (North Korea, Soon-Mi Yoo, 2014)  Wednesday, July 22nd. Discussion: 4:00 pm (Eastern Time) / 3:00 pm (Central Time) - Film Screening: 6:00 pm (Eastern Time) / 5:00 pm (Central Time) 

Journey from the Fall (Vietnam, Ham Tran, 2006)  Wednesday, August 12th. Discussion: 5:30 pm (Eastern Time) / 4:30 pm (Central Time) - Film Screening: 6:00 pm (Eastern Time) / 5:00 pm (Central Time) 

Join Journey from the Fall's director Ham Tran for a question and answer session at 8:00 pm (Eastern Time / 7:00 pm (Central Time) on Wednesday, August 12.

The film series is open and free to the public. Curriculum component available for participating educators. Act 48 hours available to PA educators.

To Register, please click here: https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DGLOVPRSS_2eYGuJyWTtXw

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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.

Ties that Bind: Mississippi Delta Chinese
Wednesday, July 29, 1:00-2:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Andrew Kung and Emanuel Hahn, creators of www.thedeltachinese.com/
Ties that Bind: Chinese Women and the US
Thursday, Jul 30, 2:30-3:30 pm (Eastern Time)
Featuring Dr. Nicole Barnes


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