Write about Asia is offered by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s (SAAM) Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas and its seasonal Saturday University Lecture Series. This series is titled Sites of Memory in Asia: Remembrance and Redemption and will looked at how monumental structures encapsulate poignant events and memorable moments in history. Their construction, demolition, or remodeling often illustrate larger sociopolitical movements. The four talks in this lecture series present cases in North India, Japan, West India, and China; each reveals a highly-charged story behind the iconic site, one that embodies significant political or religious changes.
About the SAAM Saturday University Lecture Series
Participants delve into new themes every season with a different speaker each week. Challenging, thought-provoking, and sometimes surprising, this long-running and always popular lecture series incorporated audience discussion as experts from around the world join us to share their insights on Asia throughout time.
About Write About Asia
Write About Asia is offered following each SAAM public lecture and is facilitated by Mary Roberts. During the workshop, time is given to solitary writing in response to the morning lecture. The workshop nurture educators as writers through self-reflection and group discussion, and takes place after each lecture from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.
Write About Asia is offered at no cost to current, in-service teachers, and is sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC) and the South Asia Center in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington with funding from a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).
Online procedure for each Saturday University Lecture + Write About Asia:
10:00 to 11:30 AM, PST: participants attend the online Zoom SAAM lecture for 90 minutes.
Following the lecture, participants draft a response to the lecture topic offline. This exercise takes about 45 minutes.
1:00 to 2:00 PM, PST: participants attend the online Zoom Write About Asia Group to share writing with other educators.
SAAM Lectures and Write About Asia Schedule
Saturday, April 3, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11.30 AM (PST); Virtual Saturday University: Creating and Destroying Sacred Spaces in North India, followed by Write About Asia, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST).
Saturday, April 10 2021, 10:00 AM - 11.30 AM (PST); Virtual Saturday University: Building Ancient Memory in Modern Kyoto, followed by Write About Asia, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST).
Saturday, April 17 2021, 10:00 AM - 11.30 AM (PST); Virtual Saturday University: The Memory of the Ancients in Modern Iranian and Parsi Architecture, followed by Write About Asia, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST).
Saturday, APR 24 2021, 10:00 AM - 11.30 AM (PST);Virtual Saturday University: Mao's Great Leap Forward in Tian'anmen Square, 1958-59, followed byWrite About Asia, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST).
Important: Participation to the public lecture is mandatory and free for Write About Asia participants. Please make sure to register for the lectures following the links above.
Free participation to the SAAM public lecture.
Four free WA OSPI clock hours are available for each workshop. Participation to a minimum of two workshops and fulfillment of online discussion prompts are required in order to obtain clock hours.