Lehigh University




East Asia Through the Lens of Visual and Material Culture 

An NCTA Foundational Seminar

A free online seminar for K-12 Educators  

Presented by Lehigh University and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia at the University of Pittsburgh


Offered to all K-12 Educators in our 11 State Region of Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia


East Asia today represents a broad mosaic of ethnic, economic, geographic, and cultural diversity.  Even in our current period of rapid political and economic globalization, within which the region has played a major transformative role, East Asia retains its deep and rich cultural and artistic traditions and practices. This FREE foundational survey will include interactive lectures and activities focusing on the visual and artistic material cultures of China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. K-12 educators will explore and integrate a wide range of strategies and resources supporting an enriched classroom learning environment. 

Application Deadline: January 15, 2024 or until the seminar fills 



Seminar Leader: Mary Rice

Seminar Location: Online via Zoom

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) / 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Dates and Class Session Topics:

  • Thursday, January 18, 2024
  • Thursday, February 8, 2024
  • Thursday, February 15, 2024
  • Thursday, February 22, 2024
  • Thursday, February 29, 2024
  • Thursday, March 7, 2024
  • Thursday, March 14, 2024
  • Thursday, March 21, 2024
  • Thursday, March 28, 2024
  • Thursday, April 4, 2024 

An additional Follow-up Session(s) (6 hours total) required in May 2024 (date to be decided with class members’ input). 


Benefits for educators who complete all seminar requirements

  • $130 worth of materials for educators, including Charles Holcombe textbook
  • $100 mini-grant for additional teaching materials
  • $300 stipend (after completion of all assignments and seminar meetings)
  • 66 Professional Development hours (for PA teachers)
  • Certificate of Completion from NCTA
  • NCTA alumni have access to alumni newsletters with updates on free programs, online resources, recommended books and films, and opportunities for travel to East Asia.  


Seminar Requirements

  • Expressed commitment to integrating East Asia into your curriculum.
  • Attend and participate in all sessions, including the follow up classes (36 contact hours).
  • Complete all assignments and requirements, including designing a lesson plan that incorporates East Asian material into your curriculum, writing a “reflection paper” and completing a mini-grant form for your teaching materials. (A full list of assignments will be posted on our website.)
  • Each participant is expected to come to class prepared to participate in class discussions.


No prior background knowledge required. Please join us for this exciting opportunity to learn about East Asia! 


Application Deadline: January 15, 2024 or until the seminar fills 


If you have any questions, please contact Mary Rice at nctalehigh@gmail.com



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