2015 NCTA Seminars in the Northwest Region



The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) has been in existence since 1998, generously funded by the Freeman Foundation. NCTA began with five founding institutions and its partners, and now entering its fourteenth year, has grown to a network that stretches across much of the US. Each year NCTA in the northwest corner of the country, or "NCTA Northwest" (NCTA–NW), run by the University of Washington and its partners across the region, has served teachers through its seminars, study tours to Asia, and other activities. NCTA-NW holds seminars in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Teachers in other parts of the country can visit the NCTA national website for more information about NCTA in other states:

Applications for Winter/Spring 2015 NCTA seminars:


East Asia and World War II

Shelton Woods, Professor of History at Boise State University
Boise, ID: Monday, January 26 and Monday, February 23 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

This course will explore East Asia during World War II. We will study the chronological aspects of the War and land/sea battles in East Asia. The focus of the seminar, however, will be the social, economic, political, and religious changes that occurred in China and Japan due to World War II. We will also explore the best pedagogical methods that would work in presenting this epic event to our students.  Three additional lectures will be viewed online between Jan. 26 and Feb.23.

Please view the application for details about course requirements and benefits.


Photo Credit: "A Chinese soldier guards a line of American P-40 fighter planes" by Marion Doss; licensed under CC BY 2.0



China Matters: Understanding China in the 21st Century

Tese Neighbor, China Specialist
Tacoma, WA: Thursdays, January 29, February 19, March 19, and April 23 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Priority Application Deadline: December 1, 2014

Since Mao’s death and Deng Xiaoping’s nationwide experiment with “socialism with Chinese characteristics,” China has become an increasingly complex and dynamic society. How can we integrate China into our teaching and situate China in a global context? How can we explore global themes such as nationalism, migration, urbanization, economic development, civil society, and sustainability, using China as an example? How do we support students to read behind the headlines, break down stereotypes and misconceptions, and distinguish between fact and opinion?

In this seminar, we will explore political, economic, social, and cultural themes that are emerging in 21st century China. Readings and resource discussions will further enhance our understanding of themes and also provide an avenue to explore individuals' voices through primary sources and other teaching resources.

Please view the application for details about course requirements and benefits.

Apply now to 2015 NCTA Seminar "China Matters"




Past (2014) NCTA Northwest seminars:

East Asia: Great Traditions and Modern Transformations
Steve Thorpe and Steve Kohl

Chinese Culture in Context
Professor Paul Dunscomb and Mischell Anderson, University of Alaska at Anchorage

Writing about Asia Workshop in conjunction with the Saturday University Lecture Series: Love, Loss and Longing
Mary Roberts, Librarian

China’s Transformation from Mao to Now
Tese Neighbor, China specialist

Origins of East Asian Art: China, Korea, and Japan from the Neolithic Era to the Advent of Buddhism
Melanie King, Art History Faculty at SCCC

Asia Between the Two World Wars
Professor Shelton Woods, Boise State University

East Asian Author Study Workshop: Children's Literature and Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction
Mary Roberts, Librarian

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East Asia Resource Center
University of Washington
Box 353650
302 Thomson Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
206.543.1921 phone
206.685.0668 fax

Mary Bernson