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2011 Summer Residential Seminar at USC

December 3, 2014

"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

Japanese Literature

  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)

♦   Seminar Location

 University of Southern California (USC)
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Campus information




DOWNLOAD the USCI/NCTA  2011 Summer Residential Seminar Application.





In addition to the completed application form, you will need to submit:

  1. A short 1-2 page resume (curriculum vita) that includes a list of your educational and work experience
  2. A letter from your school principal confirming your teaching assignment
  3. 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

(213) 821-2382


♦   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,

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


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