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EASC Newsletter


A publication of the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University

December 2012

Upcoming Events

Conference on Engaging Enemies in Spring 2013
Specialists in the theory and practice of conflict resolution - from academia, nongovernmental organizations, and the public sector – will gather in Bloomington in April 2013 to study the strategy and modalities of engaging adversaries. The principal objective is to bring together theorists and practitioners who can delve deeply into engagement as a strategic alternative to confrontation between rival or hostile states.  Both the theory and practice of engagement will be explored and in particular the links between them with a view toward deciphering when and how engagement has seemed to succeed or fail. 

This event will be the fifth in a series that began in 2006 on the theme of “Historical Reconciliation in Northeast Asia” (see for details.)  Over the years, closed workshops and public conferences have explored China-Japan, North-South Korea, and China-Taiwan relations, the nuclear-weapon issue in and around the Korean peninsula, and ways to avoid a US-China space race, all with a view toward recommending specific policies and policy directions that may reduce tensions, build trust, and set a path toward cooperative approaches to regional security.  As the security situation in Northeast Asia remains volatile and subject to major changes—due to China’s rise, domestic political shifts, weapons development, and uncertain alliance relationships, among other causes—the usefulness of diplomacy, economic and other incentives, and other nonmilitary approaches to conflict becomes more apparent than ever.  The 2013 conference will focus particularly on North Korea and Iran.

Joining lead organizers at Portland State University, the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and the Australian National University, are the Office of International Affairs at IUPUI, the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute, EASC, East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Center for the Student of the Middle East, Central Eurasian Studies, and the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs.

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EALC to celebrate Golden Jubilee

This spring, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) turns 50 years young. EASC will cosponsor an anniversary celebration befitting of this momentous milestone in the President’s Room of the Indiana Memorial Union. The event will feature Norma Field (Robert S. Ingersoll Distinguished Service Professor in Japanese Studies, University of Chicago) and Joshua Fogel (History, York University) as keynote speakers, along with speeches from Indiana politicians and EALC faculty emerti. Former alumni will also share their experiences as graduates of the department. Friends old and new will have the opportunity to mingle and share memories at a reception following the talks. We hope that you will all join us on April 4th to celebrate one of IU’s most storied departments!

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2013 NCTA Teaching about Asia Seminars

Every year, EASC coordinates NCTA Teaching about Asia seminars for K-12 teachers in the Midwest and South. Generously funded by the Freeman Foundation and taught by expert faculty, these seminars are designed to help teachers become more knowledgeable about East Asia and to assist them with developing strategies to pass that knowledge on to their students. Participants receive free books, school resources, and a personal stipend upon successful completion of the program. NCTA Teaching about Asia seminars will be held in the following locations in 2013:

Chicago, IL
Louisville, KY
Sorrento, LA
Minneapolis, MN
Delaware, OH

For more information, please visit EASC’S NCTA Web site, or contact outreach coordinator Cathy Gao.

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2013 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop
On July 14-19, 2013, EASC will hold its 15th annual NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop at IU Bloomington. Generously funded by the Freeman Foundation, this workshop’s intention is to immerse teachers in East Asian literature and history; thereby providing them with the background and materials necessary to introduce an East Asian component into their curriculum. Participants will develop classroom-ready lesson plans as the culmination of an intensive week of lectures, discussions, teaching strategy sessions, and cultural activities. Upon successful completion of the workshop, participants’ schools will receive a $300 grant for the purchase of East Asian resources for the classroom. Participation is limited to 25 teachers. For more information, see the Web site, or contact outreach coordinator Cathy Gao.

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EASC 2013 Spring Colloquium Series

EASC has 10 colloquiums scheduled for the spring semester. This semester 5 colloquiums will be held in Ballantine Hall, Room 004 and 5 colloquiums will be held in the Seminar Room at the Center for the Study of Global Change located at 201 N. Indiana Avenue. For more information about the spring colloquium series go here.

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