Register for the
NCTA Special Topics Course:
National Narratives, Personal Memories: Ai Weiwei’s 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows
October 4 -December 5, 2023
Ai Weiwei's 2020 memoir 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows pays homage to his father Ai Qing, one of China's leading 20th century poets, at the same time providing critical social and historical context for both his father's and his careers as artists and sociopolitical commentators. The memoir is a fascinating and complex intertwining of narratives and perspectives on China from the early Mao years to the Xi Jinping Era, offering windows for instruction in social studies, art history, and world literature.
This 5-week asynchronous special topics course will focus on selected chapters in Ai Weiwei's memoir, combined with supplemental readings, to explore the political and social context of the father's and son's roles as voices of conscience for their generations.
Participants will receive a complimentary copy Ai Weiwei's memoir and China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know by Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Maura Cunningham, and upon successful completion of the course, an additional book on China. Participants will be expected to submit a short reflection paper on how this course can be incorporated into their own teaching.
Special Topics Course Module Dates:
Introduction week October 4-15
Module 1: October 16-22
Module 2: October 23-29
Module 3: October 30- Nov 5
Module 4: November 6 – Nov 12
Module 5: November 13 - 19
Submission of reflection paper by December 5.
Pennsylvania teachers who complete the workshop will receive Act 48 hours.
For teachers in other states, we can provide you with a Certificate of Completion.
This course is recommended for educators working in grades 9-12.
Registration deadline: September 13, 2023 or until special topics course fills