East Asia Beyond the Headlines: Contemporary Issues in China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea

In partnership with the Montana World Affairs Council Distinguished Speaker Program and webcast Connect Montana, designed especially for this seminar, together with the Mansfield Center of the University of Montana, a combination of live 2-hour sessions and asynchronous virtual content will be provided over 8-weeks. Zoom will be the virtual tool and asynchronous content will be delivered on a Moodle site. The first hour of these sessions will be dedicated to engaging with a scholarly expert on each of these countries and the second hour will focus on classroom applications and resources for each issues and country. The remaining 12 hours will be completed through the completion of online asynchronous content, activities, and competition of a final project.
Dates and Times
This seminar runs from from February 23 to April 16, 2021, with asynchronous assignments on Moodle, a final assignment due April 30 and mandatory Zoom sessions on:
Tuesday February 23, 2021 - 6:00-8:00 PM (MT)
Tuesday March 9, 2021 - 6:00-8:00 PM (MT)
Tuesday March 23, 2021 - 6:00-8:00 PM (MT)
Tuesday April 6, 2021 - 6:00-8:00 PM (MT)
Seminar Facilitators
Dr. Brian Dowdle, Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, and Mansfield Fellow, University of Montana and Dr. Lauren Collins, Postdoctoral Fellow Davidson Honors College, University of Montana, will lead this seminar.

Learn about East Asia from experts in the field and connect with regional colleagues and fellow educators.
Develop new curriculum.
Receive $100 personal stipend and certificate for completion of 20 hours.
Receive $200 worth of materials and resources on the topics of study.
20 free MT OPI Clock Hours or 20 free WA OSPI Clock Hours (for 8 hours of live virtual class attendance, and 12 hours of online coursework and completion of a final project)
$100 stipend for exemplary teaching materials for the classroom or teaching library. The stipend was contingent upon completing a final project, ordering East Asia related teaching materials, and filling out an online survey evaluating the seminar and providing data for NCTA national database of statistics.
Participants who successfully completed the seminar and all its requirements became NCTA “alumni.” Alumni receive timely communications about future professional development opportunities offered by NCTA, which may include travel opportunities.

Attend sessions online, complete online readings and assignments.
Create a written implementation plan showing how information and resources from the seminar will be used in your classes.