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Art and Politics: Episodes in East Asian History

A NCTA seminar for K-12 teachers of all subjects


Art and Politics: Episodes in East Asian History considered key moments in the history of East Asia as told through visual and literary responses by artists and writers of the time. Our approach examined 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 examined representations and artistic responses to conflict, revolution, and war, which led 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 also considered 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.

Course material included primary and secondary source materials, art historical approaches, in addition to resources for inclusion in your classroom. No prior knowledge of the subject matter was required.

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


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


Melanie King, Art History faculty at Seattle Central College.


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

  • 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