Japan Beyond the Samurai: History and Culture for the Classroom

Program Start Date: Jan 9 2018

Location: Missoula, MT

This free evening workshop held on January 9, 2018 focused on modern Japanese history and culture for current and pre-service middle and high school teachers and librarians, and was offered at the University of Montana, Missoula.

During this workshop, teachers discussed how to connect students’ interest and knowledge of Japanese popular culture (anime and manga) with larger historical events and developments from the nineteenth century and beyond. Lectures detailed the end of the samurai, the shifting urban/rural divide, and related cultural developments within the context of war and peace. The workshop also introduced teaching ideas and activities to help students explore historical connections between Japan and Montana including mining, development, and agriculture.

China: From 1956 to 1976

Program Start Date: Jan 22 2018

Location: Boise, ID

The two decades from 1956 to 1976 included unprecedented joys and sorrows for China; many of these experiences were rooted in the policies and personality of one man, Mao Zedong. This seminar carefully examined the primary and secondary sources related to China from the later half of the 1950’s until Mao’s death in 1976. It included the Cultural Revolution, President Nixon’s visit to China and many other fascinating topics. All of these stories were part of an epic narrative that unfolded in these seminar lectures.

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Conference 2017

Program Start Date: Nov 19 2017

Location: San Francisco, CA

East Asia Resource Center seminar leaders Mary Roberts, Tese Wintz Neighbor and EARC Director Mary Bernson presented at the annual NCSS conference in San Francisco from November 17-19, 2017. The conference was well attended, allowing educators the opportunity to exchange knowledge, resources and best practices with one another.