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Write About Asia Fall 2018

“Write about Asia” 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.  Each Saturday (with the exception on November 24), there was a lecture followed by a writing workshop which was facilitated by Mary Barber Roberts.

This series was titled “Sound Travels: Performing Arts of Asia”. This series was inspired by exploring “nine evolving creative forms of music, dance, and drama that build on Asian performing arts traditions.” (excerpt from the Gardner Center website).  Additional funding for this series came from the South Asia Center and the Southeast Asia Center and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

Each Saturday, educators attended the public lecture from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and then met for a writing workshop from 11:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m.  During the workshop, time was given to solitary writing in response to the morning lecture. The workshop nurtured educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion.

All lectures and writing workshops took place at the Seattle Art Museum.  Registration was on a first come, first serve basis. Full-time K12 teachers were given priority.

Fall 2018 lecture series 

September 29
Strike the Bells Solemnly: Music of Ancient China
Haicheng Wang, Associate Professor of Art History and Cheney Cowles Endowed Professor, University of Washington, Seattle

October 6
East Javanese Dance Performance and Female Power
Christina Sunardi, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Washington, Seattle

October 13
Breathing New Air into Tradition
Musician and composer Van-Anh Vo, dan tranh zither

October 20
Musical Arts of Rajasthan
Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy, Adjunct Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles

October 27
Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form 
Katherine In-Young Lee, Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles

November 3
Music of the Tang Dynasty: Connections to Japan
Tomoko Sugawara, harpist

November 10
Movement and Metaphor in South Indian Court Dance
Hari Krishnan, Associate Professor of Dance, Wesleyan University

November 17
Modes and Melodies of Classical Persian Music
Behrooz Alavi, ney flautist

December 1
Exploring Kyogen: Comical Drama of Medieval Japan
Julie Iezzi, Professor of Theater, University of Hawaii

For more information about the topics and speakers, visit the Gardner Center website.

Workshop details

Saturdays from September 29 to December 1
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium


Free admission to the lecture and four free clock hours were available for attending the lecture and fulfilling online discussion requirements.