Pitt NCTA Workshop Resources
Teaching The Global Water Crisis was mini-course for K-12 educators thatl explored the global water crisis through attention to its geo-political, cultural, economic, and technological aspects, with particular attention to scholars and practitioners working within the environmental, political, and technological framework to address these challenges using a people-centered approach. Held over February 8, 10, and 11, 2021, Special attention was given to the case of East Asia. Click here to access the resources
Public Art + Dissent: Art, Protest and Public Spaces was an online mini-course for K-12 educators held over the course of three days, November 9, 11, and 13, 2020. In this Pitt NCTA/Global Studies Center collaboration, speakers discussed how protest artists use public spaces to engage in dialogues with their public as well as other artists around the world. Recent and contemporary public art examples from around the world were showcased to demonstrate ways in which public art transcends national boundaries and is used for protest, dissent, and commentary on political, social, and cultural issues. Topics included the works of Ai Weiwei, Yayoi Kusuma, street artists in Bogota, Columbia, Loyalist murals from Northern Ireland, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Teaching on the Silk Roads: A Workshop for K-12 Educators was an August 20, 2020 program that featured Dr. Margarita Delgado Creamer (University of Pittsburgh) and Dr. Thomas R. Mueller (California University of Pennsylvania) in an exploration of the global significance of the Silk Road trade network that connected India, Central and East Asia, and Europe for over a thousand years. Special focus is paid to the development of the New Silk Road and how the Silk Roads of the past are shaping China's Belt and Road Initiative. 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.
Whose Narrative: Re-examining War Memorials in East Asia and the US was an innovative collaboration held on April 4, 2019. The recorded video program featured Dr. David Kenley, Elizabethtown College, and Dr. Kirk Savage, University of Pittsburgh. This two part workshop focused on understanding the history, context and messages convayed through war memorials in East Asia and the US.
Teaching Go: Book Discussion Group and Workshop Resources Teaching Go was an online book discussion of the 2018 Freeman Award winning book, Go, by Kazuki Kaneshiro that took place in May 2020. The discussion was led by Dr. David Kenley of Elizabethtown College, PA, a well-known NCTA speaker and Ms. Michele Beauchamp, NCTA alum and literature specialist. Presentations focused on the history of Koreans living in Japan as well as the litereary connections that the novel shares with Romeo and Juliet. A modern nod to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Go is the story of a Korean boy and a Japanese girl who fall in love. Kaneshiro examines the ideas of fate and love at first sight, friendship and violence. The author’s main focus of this bildungsroman is how we define ethnicity and identity, and the effects of prejudice and discrimination.
The Sound of (Japanese) Music Course Resources: A series of presentations and performances by four Japanese music ethnomusicologists that occurred in the late spring/summer of 2020. Designed to deepen your level of understanding of traditional Japanese music, these presentations expand your knowledge of Japanese history and culture, including modern music innovations. The presentations covered the evolving traditions of the koto, shakuhachi, shamisen and the recent development of taiko drumming. Listed on the next page are each lecture with links to the video recording/essay and handout/resource list associated with each presentation.