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This free seminar will provide you with both the content and resources needed to implement the study of East Asia into your curriculum.  Topics will follow closely the National Standards for World History and the AP World History Syllabus.


Five Saturday sessions at area museums and the University of Pennsylvania, 9:00-3:00 pm; two evening sessions at University of Pennsylvania, 4:30-7:00 pm (30 hours in all).

Saturday, January 10

Orientation and welcome.  Illustrated thematic introduction to East Asia.  The emergence of East Asian civilization.  Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism.

Saturday, January 24

Early Chinese History: Han, Tang, and Song Dynasties, lecture on Chinese Painting.

Saturday, February 7

Recreating a Golden Age: Art and Literature in Heian Japan.

Thursday, February 19

Overview of Korean history. Discussion of curriculum projects.

Saturday, March 7

Philadelphia Museum of Art: presentation and tour in conjunction with Japanese painting exhibit “Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano.” China and Japan in pre-modern period.

Wednesday, April 8

The emergence of Modern Japan: Forging a national identity.

Saturday, April 11

Modern China: History, Society and Art.  Discussion and interactive components.

Benefits to Participants:

  • $200 professional stipend to each participant upon satisfactory completion of all seminar requirements: attendance at all sessions and submission of all written assignments
  • $100 mini-grant for school-related materials and activities
  • Seminar books and teaching materials
  • Complimentary subscription to Education About Asia
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Eligibility to apply to participate in a variety of summer in-country experiences in East Asia

Application Deadline: extended until Friday, December 5th!

Please download the application brochure here.


Mail or fax the registration form and statement to:
Attn: Melissa DiFrancesco
642 Williams Hall
255 S. 36th Street | Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
Tel. 215.573.4203 | Fax : 215.573.2561