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Diversity and Connections: Teaching a Global Perspective on Japan and Montana

This free workshop was led by Dr. Brian Dowdle, Associate Professor of Japanese at the University of Montana. It was held in tandem with the Academic WorldQuest program, which had a focus on Japan in this year’s module. During this workshop teachers discussed how to educate students on diversity and make interdisciplinary connections when teaching global perspectives. Lectures detailed the development of the The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, how to engage youth through Japanese popular culture into global issues, and a discussion of how to foster foreign language education. The workshop also introduced teaching ideas and activities to help students explore historical connections between Japan and Montana. The Workshop was sponsored by the The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center and Montana World Affairs Council at the University of Montana, and the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington.

Program details

Dates: March 5, 2019

Location: University of Montana

Program benefits

One continuing education credit available for attending the lecture. Free admission to the program.


Brian Dowdle.

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The History of US-Japan Relations: From Perry to the Present by Palgrave Macmillan
Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization by William M. Tsutsui
Japan Since 1945 by Paul E. Dunscomb