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Write About Asia — Crossing the Indian Ocean: Asia/Africa Connections

Crossing the Indian Ocean
Saturday University - African Elites in India


“Crossing the Indian Ocean: Asia/Africa Connections” was offered in conjunction with the Saturday University lecture series at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Each Saturday, educators attended the public lecture from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. and then met for a writing workshop with Mary Barber Roberts from 11:00 a.m – 1:30 p.m.  During the workshop, time was given to solitary writing in the art galleries in response to the morning lecture. The group then reconvened to share working drafts. The workshop was meant to nurture educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion.


Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., from September 27 to December 6, 2014
Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park


Mary Barber Roberts


Free admission to the lecture and four free clock hours are available for each workshop. Educators earned up to 36 clock hours by attending all of the workshop sessions. The workshop was open to all current K-12 teachers but each session was limited to 15 participants.


This workshop series was offered by the East Asia Resource Center in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Saturday University Lecture Series.

Lecture topics

  • February 7 History in Our Genes
  • February 14 Ancient Networks of the Indian Ocean
  • February 21 African Elites in India
  • February 28 Sufi Festivals Across the Indian Ocean
  • March 7 Decorative Arts in the Age of Slavery
  • March 14 Calligraphic Abstraction
  • March 21 A Global Health View: China and Africa
  • March 28 Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting
  • April 4 China’s Booming Relations with Africa