David Pierson, a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times since 2000, discusses his experiences of reporting in China.
2011 Summer Residential Seminar at USC
"East Asia from Origins to 1800"
USCI/NCTA 2011 Summer Residential Seminar
August 1 to August 11, 2011 (No Weekend Sessions)
The USC U.S. – China Institute (USCI) and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) are offering a nine-day residential summer seminar for K-12 educators employed outside of the greater Los Angeles area.
***To be eligible to apply, you must teach at a school located more than 30 miles from USC. Enrollment is limited to 24 participants and priority will be given to middle school world history and language arts teachers, though all K-12 educators are invited to apply.
The deadline for application acceptance is Friday, July 8, or until the seminar is full. We will begin reviewing applications and admitting participants in early June.
♦ Seminar Logistics
Sessions will meet at USC from 9 am to 4 pm from Monday, August 1 to Friday, August 5 and Monday, August 8 to Thursday, August 11, 2011 (No Weekend Sessions). For these meeting days, participants will be provided with housing and parking at the USC Radisson Hotel, which is located across campus. Participants will also be provided with breakfast, lunch and refreshments. Participants will have the weekend off, however hotel accommodations are not included during the weekend.
One seminar meeting day (TBD) will be devoted to an all-expenses-paid field trip to Asia-specific cultural sites around Los Angeles.
♦ Seminar Content
Focusing on helping teachers address the California history, social studies, and language arts standards, we will offer presentations on the history and culture of East Asia, as well as discuss how case studies can be used to explore a variety of issues.
Sessions include discussions of revealing primary source materials as well as literature and film recommendations.
Among the topics covered will be:
Geography / Prehistoric China, Japan, and Korea
Early East Asian beliefs, social organization, and interaction
The Rise of Imperial China
Cosmopolitan East Asia/ Silk Road/ Chinese Literature
Classical and Warrior Japan
Using Film and the Web to Learn and Teach about East Asia
The Meiji Restoration
Women in East Asian History
Late Imperial China
East Asia Since 1800/ The US and East Asia
♦ Seminar Benefits
Individuals who successfully complete the seminar and its follow-up requirements receive:
⇒ $200 in East Asian reference and teaching materials
⇒ $200 East Asia-focused resource materials for use in the classroom
⇒ Six USC Rossier School of Education Continuing Education Units (CEUs), processing fee applicable
⇒ Eligibility to apply for a subsidized study tour to East Asia (tentatively set for summer 2012)
University of Southern California (USC)
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089
In addition to the completed application form, you will need to submit:
- A short 1-2 page resume (curriculum vita) that includes a list of your educational and work experience
- A letter from your school principal confirming your teaching assignment
- A refundable deposit check for $100, made payable to "University of Southern California," to hold your registration; the check will be returned to you at the conclusion of the seminar
Submit application materials:
USC U.S.-China Institute
Attn: K-12 Outreach
3535 S. Figueroa St., FIG 202
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1262
♦ Seminar Requirements:
1. Application: Along with a short resume, letter from principal, and $100 deposit check.
2. Attendance and participation: Participants should attend and actively participate in all seminar sessions. We will ask to complete an evaluation posting on the seminar web forum for each session
3. Reading assignments: We will be providing a selection of reading materials to be distributed on the first day of class. Participants will prepare for each session by completing the corresponding reading assignment. Much of what will be discussed in the class will be based upon the readings. Use the web forum to raise questions or discuss the readings with your classmates.
4.Web discussion forum: Each teacher is expected to actively participate in a seminar-focused web discussion forum. Located at http://www.uschinaforum.usc.edu,
Participation in the forum entails to a minimum contribution of 30 posts.
5.Curriculum project: Participants will be incorporating the seminar experience into their own classes by working with seminar colleagues in developing a curriculum project. For this project each teacher will design a series of lessons to be used in one of the courses they teach
6. Final essay: Reflect on the seminar experience in a 250-500 word essay.
Friday, July 8, 2011, or until seminar is full
We will begin reviewing applications and admitting participants in early June
Contact Us at (213) 740-1307 or email@example.com.
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The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a discussion with Akira Chiba, the Consul General of the Japanese consulate in Los Angeles, on Japan's relations with China.