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Write About Asia Fall 2017 series


The Write about Asia workshop series is facilitated by Mary Barber Roberts and is offered in conjunction with the Saturday University Lecture Series sponsored by the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas.

This series was titled “Waterscapes: Imagery and Environment in Asia”.  Participants dipped “into a variety of waterscapes -past and present- as speakers explored complex meanings, cultural traditions, and contemporary environmental issues.  From Chinese landscape paintings to climate change in low-lying Bangladesh, participants cruised through ideas about water.” (description excerpted from the Gardner Center Website).

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 group then reconvened to share working drafts. The workshop nurtures educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion.  Educators needed to commit to attending at least two lectures.  The workshop was open to current K-12 teachers.

October and December lectures and writing workshops took place in Pigott Hall at Seattle University.

November lectures and writing workshops took place in Plestcheeff Auditorium at Seattle Art Museum.

Fall 2017 lecture topics

October 7 at Seattle University
The Way of Water in Early Chinese Thought
Sarah Allan, Dartmouth College

October 14 at Seattle University
The Way of Water: Reading Landscape and Gender in Southern Song China
Hui-shu Lee, University of California, Los Angeles

October 21 at Seattle University
Architecture, Stepwells, and Cosmic Water in Western India
Michael Meister, University of Pennsylvania

October 28 at Seattle University
Creating Land in Paradise: Protest, Rights, and Sacred Waters on Bali’s South Coast
Jennifer Gaynor, University of Buffalo, SUNY

November 4 at SAM downtown
Following Rivers Rich in Honey: Narratives of Travel, Environmental Design, and the Indian Landscape
Tamara Sears, Rutgers University

November 11 at SAM downtown
History Flows from the Mekong Mud
David Biggs, University of California, Riverside

November 18 at SAM downtown
The Pirates Archipelago: Images of Maritime Power in Late Medieval Japan
Peter Shapinsky, University of Illinois, Springfield

December 2 at Seattle University
River Life and Climate Change in Bangladesh
Naveeda Khan, Johns Hopkins University

December 9 at Seattle University
Hokusai’s Waterscapes
Timothy Clark, Head of the Japanese Section, Department of Asia, British Museum

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

Workshop details

Saturdays from October 7 to December 9
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Seattle University, Pigott Hall and Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium


Free admission to the lecture and four free clock hours are available for each workshop.