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K-12 East Asian Connection


Volume XIII, Number 2



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Upcoming Events

2009 Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School workshop

EASC is still accepting applications for its 11th annual Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School workshop in Bloomington July 12–18, 2009. The workshop is open to high school English and world literature teachers wishing to learn about East Asia through its literary texts, from the Analects of Confucius to the political satires of contemporary South Korea. This intensive week of lectures, discussions, cultural activities, and teaching strategy sessions is designed to help participants develop classroom-ready lesson plans and activities that will make the literature of China, Japan, and Korea come alive in the high school classroom. This workshop is generously funded by the Freeman Foundation; all texts, lodging, and at least one meal a day will be provided for the participants. For more information and for a downloadable application, please see the workshop’s Web site, or email kvenit [at] indiana [dot] edu (Katie Venit).

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Geography and History of the World Workshops in Indiana
Standard 7: Conflict and Cooperation

To help prepare Indiana high school teachers for the new Geography and History of the World state standards, EASC and IU’s Center for Social Studies and International Education, along with four other IU area studies centers (African Studies Program, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, and Russian and East European Institute), are holding workshops that provide geography and history content and help teachers with course development on each of the standards. This spring’s workshops will focus on Standard 7—Conflict and Cooperation.

Upcoming workshops:
Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, April 11

Indianapolis, IN
Monday, April 13

Bloomington, IN
Monday, April 20

Fort Wayne , IN
Monday, May 4

Jasper, IN
Wednesday, May 6

To attend a workshop in your area, contact tmason [at] indiana [dot] edu (Terrance Mason), Director, IU Center for Social Studies and International Education, or call (812) 855-0172.

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Lotus Blossoms Bazaar

Mark your calendars for the 12th annual Lotus Blossoms Bazaar Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 at Binford Elementary in Bloomington. Although the first day is set aside for Bloomington-area schools, everyone, young and old, is invited to Family Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for international music, crafts, games, and other fun activities. Drop by the East Asian Studies Center’s booth and have your name written in Chinese characters. For more information, visit the Lotus Blossoms Web site.

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2009 International Studies Summer Institute

The Center for the Study of Global Change at Indiana University Bloomington is bringing together middle and high school teachers from around the world for its 14th annual International Studies Summer Institute, sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The week-long institute, June 21–27, 2009, consists of lectures by world-class speakers about issues of global importance, stimulating cultural events, and opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in creating lesson plans. Educators will gain an understanding of contemporary global issues and learn about innovative ways to bring international topics to the classroom. For more information and an application, please see the Center for the Study of Global Change’s Web site.

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Journey to the Interior

Educators will have an opportunity to travel with the renowned 17th-century Japanese poet Mastuo Bashō through northern Japan with his famous travel journal, Journey to the Interior, as their guide in this Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Abroad Seminar presented by the Center for Asian Studies and the Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado and the Alliance of Associations of Teachers of Japanese. For one month, June 28–July 28, 2009, participants will visit historic, religious, and literary sites, study Bashō’s writings, and meet contemporary poets and scholars. They will develop their Japanese language skills, expand their knowledge of Japanese culture, and collect materials for use in curricular units. This seminar is open to secondary and post-secondary teachers of Japanese language, literature, and history. Applications are available at the Center for Asian Studies Web site. For additional information contact laurel.rodd [at] colorado [dot] edu (Laurel Rasplica Rodd) or Catherine.Ishida [at] colorado[dot] edu (Catherine Higbee Ishida).

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Korean History and Culture and the Korean American Experience

Educators of all disciplines and grade levels are invited to attend a five-day seminar August 3–7, 2009, sponsored by the Korean Cultural Center and the Korea Academy for Educators. In addition to lectures and discussions with scholars, participants in the Korean History and Culture and the Korean American Experience seminar will explore Koreatown, visit a Buddhist temple, watch Korean dance, and engage in cultural activities such as martial arts practice. The program includes two daily meals, parking, books, lessons, and DVDs, and fellowships are available to cover additional expenses. For more information, please visit the Korea Academy’s Web site, or email mary [at] koreaacademy [dot] org (Mary Connor).

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