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Exploring East Asian Art and Literature

Session(s) date

Session(s) date: 
Monday, August 3, 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, August 7, 2015 - 4:00pm

Application Deadline: Friday, July 10, 2015

Notification by: Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The USC U.S. – China Institute  and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) are offering a five-day residential summer seminar for educators.

Enrollment is limited to 24 participants. Sessions will meet at the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday, August 3 to Friday, August 7, 2015. For these meeting days, participants will have the option of commuting to the museum and receive our $250 stipend, or be housed at the Howard Johnson Pasadena. Breakfast, lunch as well as parking (or metro tap card) will be provided throughout the week.

Focusing on helping teachers address the California history, social studies, and language arts standards, we will offer presentations on the history and culture of the region, as well as discuss how East Asian case studies can be used to explore a variety of issues

Individuals who successfully complete the seminar and its follow-up requirements receive:

  • $250 stipend for participants who choose to commute to USC for the seminar and have met all seminar requirements (teachers who choose to be housed at the hotel will not receive the stipend)

  • Nine (9) USC Rossier School of Education Continuing Education Units (CEUs), processing fee applicable

  • East Asia-focused resource materials for use in the classroom

*must complete seminar requirements, click here for details.

Among the topics covered in the seminar: 
  • Early philosophy 

  • Religious art

  • Modern literature 

  • Contemporary pop culture, including film, television, and comics 

  • Nature in art and literature

  • East Asian culture in the U.S.

How to Apply

Fill out and submit your application below or write to for the form.
In addition to the completed application form, you will need to submit (via mail, email, or fax):
  • A short resume listing 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
Questions? Call 213-821-4382 or email

Many educators teach about the transmission of Buddhism from South to East and Southeast Asia and about the place of Buddhism in Asian societies today. The current USC Pacific Asia Museum “Visualizing Enlightenment: Decoding the Buddhist Iconography” is excellent and worth a visit. It ends on August 3. 

On the Road
The College Board and Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters will be taking fourteen California NCTA alumni on a study tour to Northeast China and Taiwan between June 28 and July 13. We’ll be looking at the collision of empires in the region from the 17th century on and at how governments and societies are dealing with the 21st century challenges of educating a productive and innovative workforce, coping with aging populations, and addressing environmental degradation. 

Educators interested in China should consider applying for the College Board/Hanban China tour in Nov. 2015. The application deadline is August 3.