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Art and Politics: Episodes in East Asian History

Update: This summer institute now has a waitlist and the application is closed.

A NCTA seminar for K-12 teachers of all subjects

July 16-20, 2018
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m (Friday)

Seminar leader: Melanie King, Art History faculty at Seattle Central College
Location: University of Washington in Seattle

This seminar is sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC), University of Washington, in conjunction with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).


Art and Politics: Episodes in East Asian History will consider key moments in the history of East Asia as told through visual and literary responses by artists and writers of the time. Our approach will examine moments in the history of East Asia, beginning with a grounding in philosophical and religious traditions and their influence across space and time. Building on this foundation, we will examine representations and artistic responses to conflict, revolution, and war, which will lead us to a discussion of how we remember and memorialize the past. As we remember, whose stories are told? How do memorials help us remember or forget? Our study will also consider art movements and protests of change that are taking up issues with the government, international relations, the military, the environment, human rights, and a complex, interconnected history of East Asia.

Our course material will include primary and secondary source materials, art historical approaches, in addition to resources for inclusion in your classroom. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is required.


Seminar benefits
Aside from the registration and housing fees, this seminar is offered free of charge thanks to the Freeman Foundation NCTA grant to the East Asia Resource Center. Seminar benefits include:

  • 40 Washington State OSPI clock hours (free) OR two 400-level UW credits for a fee of approximately $230
  • A certificate of completion
  • All course materials provided
  • $100 for the purchase of additional teaching materials
  • A one-year subscription to Education about Asia
  • Morning snacks and lunches
  • Dormitory housing, meals, and partial travel stipends of up to $300 for a limited number of out-of-town participants

Seminar requirements
The above benefits are available to educators who attend all class sessions and complete all of the assignments. Participating teachers will be asked to do out-of-class preparation, including readings and viewing online resources, and complete a culminating assignment during the seminar week for use in their own classrooms.


The seminar is open to K–12 educators who plan to apply the content in their history, social studies, language arts, art, library/media, East Asian languages, or other relevant courses. Preference is given to educators who are currently employed full-time in a public or private school based in the U.S. Pre-service educators must be currently enrolled in a teacher education program. Substitutes are not eligible to apply. Applications will be evaluated on potential classroom impact, which you will have a chance to discuss in your application.

This program is offered free of charge thanks to a grant from the Freeman Foundation. However, there is a $150 registration fee for all participants, due upon acceptance, and an additional $100 housing fee for out-of-town dorm guests. Participants who successfully complete the seminar will receive a $100 stipend for the purchase of teaching materials related to East Asia. Registration and housing fees are non-refundable.

Dormitory housing and travel stipends for out-of-town participants
UW dormitory housing and meals will be provided for a limited number of out-of-town participants. The fee for dorm guests is $100 (in addition to the $150 registration fee), due upon acceptance. Dormitory housing is limited to enrolled applicants only; no friends or family may stay in the dorm room with participants.

Participants accepted to stay in the dorm will receive a travel stipend of up to $300.

Credit options
40 Washington State OSPI clock hours (free) OR two 400-level UW credits for a fee of approximately $230

Applicants received an application decision by March 26th. Accepted applicants will be asked to confirm their attendance by April 16th and pay the registration fee by May 7th. After March 11th, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis.

East Asia Resource Center

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle WA, 98195-3650