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Five College Center for East Asian Studies (FCCEAS)

Ties That Bind: Connecting New England & East Asia

The Five College Center for East Asian Studies and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) announce a 30-hour summer residential institute to be held at Smith College, Northampton, MA, July 14-18, 2014, for secondary history/social studies teachers nationwide. The five-day institute will examine the connections between the United States and China, Japan and Korea from colonial times to the present day. The institute will include lectures by scholars covering topics such as East Asian trade, key historical events and culture, and their influence on and in the United States, particularly New England. Tours to local museums will be a key component of the institute, which will also include a session led by master teachers on curriculum implementation strategies for middle and high schools.

The first session begins at 10 am on July 14, and the institute will conclude at noon on July 18. Housing in air-conditioned, single dorm rooms as well as most meals, institute materials, and field trip transportation are included. Each of the participants will receive a professional development certificate for 30 hours, $100 in resources, and a one-year subscription to Education About Asia. Participants who live more than 150 miles from Northampton will be eligible for a small travel stipend. Nonrefundable registration fee: $100 due upon notification of acceptance. Application deadline: May 12, 2014. Limited to 20 educators. Graduate credit (2 hours) available for a small additional fee.

Institute highlights

  • Field trip to Historic Deerfield to learn about tea, silk and porcelain in early America.
  • Field trip to Wistariahurst to explore the contributions China and Japan made to the silk industry in Western MA in the late eighteenth century.
  • Hands on activities—from silk worms to silk painting.
  • Tour of Japanese garden at Amherst College.
  • Presentation on the ties between the Musuem of Fine Arts, Boston, and China, Japan and Korea.
  • Keynote talk by Caroline Frank, Brown University, author of Objectifying China, Imagining America.
  • Lectures from experts on East Asian history, culture, and trade from the eighteenth century to today.
  • Roundtable on classroom implementation with master educators.

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Questions? Call (413) 585-3751 or email Melinda at FCCEAS.

This institute is funded by the Freeman Foundation and sponsored by the Five College Center for East Asian Studies, a coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia,

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