China Starter Pack

Topics (one week each): geography, language(s), food, and current issues (including US-China relations)

The two-hour synchronous online sessions will be interactive, and after each session participants will be invited to reflect on what they learned through asynchronous online forum posts.

Participants should plan to spend about 3 hours per week on the synchronous sessions, short required readings, and online forum posts. Supplemental readings will be available for those who would like to learn more about each topic. Participants who complete the requirements for all four sessions will receive a copy of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (Wasserstrom and Cunningham), a certificate of completion for 12 contact hours, and a $50 participation stipend. (Must be a US citizen or permanent resident to receive the stipend.)

Presenter: Jonathan Lipman, Professor Emeritus of History and Asian Studies, Mount Holyoke College - Trained as an historian of early modern and modern China at Stanford, Jonathan Lipman served on the faculty of Mount Holyoke College from 1977 to 2015 and taught as a visiting professor at Yale, Harvard, Doshisha University (Kyoto), Quest University (Canada), Oregon State University, and the University of Washington. While teaching courses ranging from intellectual and military history to food cultures, Lipman co-authored Modern East Asia: An Integrated History (2011), which covers China, Korea, and Japan from 1600 to the present. He has presented dozens of seminars, webinars, lectures, and workshops to K-12 teachers and civic groups. Lipman’s historical research focuses on the long-term residence and acculturation of Muslims in the Chinese culture area; his Familiar Strangers: A History of Muslims in Northwest China (1997) remains a standard work.

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