“Write about Asia” is 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 February 23), there will be a lecture followed by a writing workshop which will be facilitated by Mary Barber Roberts.
Each Saturday, educators will attend the public lecture from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and then meet for a writing workshop from 11:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m. During the workshop, time is given to solitary writing in response to the morning lecture. The workshop will nurture educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion. Priority will be given to full-time K12 teachers. Teachers must sign up for and attend two or more lectures in the application below. Spaces are limited.
This upcoming series is titled, “Roots of Culture: Essential Plants of Asia”. This seven-part series will begin with “an arts approach to plants through a comparison of musical structures and trees. Then six talks each focus on cultures and histories of one type of plant. Their uses vary from garden ornamentals to craft, agriculture, fiber, and fruit.” (excerpt from the Gardner Center website)
The Harmonic Forest: Musical Structures Heard as Trees
Jovino Santos Neto, musician and biologist
The First Satyagraha: Gandhi’s Campaign Against Indigo Plantations in Early Twentieth Century India
Anand Yang, University of Washington
The Story of the Camellia
Nicholas Menzies, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Jia-chen Fu, Emory University
Jute and Peasant Life in the Bengal Delta
Tariq Omar Ali, University of Illinois
Fruit Trees, Family Trees, and Landscape Change: The Durians of West Kalimantan, Indonesia
Nancy Lee Peluso, University of California, Berkeley
The Japanese Basket 1845–1958: Mirror of Modernity
Joe Earle, Former Director, Japan Society Gallery
Saturdays from January 19 to March 9 (no lecture on February 23)
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium
Free admission to the lecture and four free clock hours are available for attending the lecture and fulfilling online discussion requirements.
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Current full-time K12 teachers will be given priority.