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Japan Beyond the Samurai: History and Culture for the Classroom


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.

Participants received two free books, two OPI Renewal Credits, classroom materials, a light dinner and parking on campus during the workshop.

Meeting details

Location: 103A Eck Hall, Liberal Arts Building, University of Montana
Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 5:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

Instructor: Brian Dowdle, Ph.D.
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

This workshop was supported by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington through the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).  NCTA is a national initiative to encourage and facilitate teaching about East Asia funded through the generous support of the Freeman Foundation.