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Nov. 30, 2005

Teachers Should Register By Dec. 15 For East Asia Seminar Series

Teachers who are interested in participating in the University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) Seminar on East Asia for Secondary History, Geography and World Literature Teachers may register for the spring series until Thursday, Dec. 15.

The seminar will be on the UI campus on the following dates: Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and 18, March 4, and April 1 and 22. May 6 will be a snow make-up day, if needed. Participants can receive graduate credit as well as $700 in financial and material support incentives and $200 in exemplary curriculum materials. The seminar is hosted by the UI and sponsored by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) State Partner's Site at CAPS. It is conducted in collaboration with the NCTA National Coordinating Site at the Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado with funding from the Freeman Foundation.

"This is an incredible opportunity for educators to gain knowledge about this region of the world from expert scholars who can provide new insights for them to share with their students," said Rebecca Kessler, a CAPS program assistant and seminar organizer.

Teachers eligible to participate in an NCTA seminar are those who teach a world geography, world history or world literature course in middle school, junior high or high school that requires the inclusion of China or Japan. Teachers must plan to continue in education for at least two years after participation.

David Tucker, UI visiting assistant professor of history, will teach the seminar. Curriculum consultants are NCTA alumna Carrie Watson of the Iowa City Community Schools and Helen Finken, past NCTA seminar leader and China study tour co-leader.

Each seminar leader facilitates a 30-hour seminar on Chinese and Japanese history and culture. Classic readings and primary sources of Chinese and Japanese history, literature and culture are used to support scholar presentations and participant discussions. In joining this seminar series, teachers make the commitment to participate in a 30-hour course in the spring and two follow-up meetings in the fall, and to incorporate their new knowledge and materials into their current curricula.

Enrollment is limited to 20 students.  To register, contact Rebecca Kessler at 319-335-0159 by December 15 or by e-mail at

CAPS is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research, and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,  Program: Rebecca Kessler, CAPS, 319-335-0159,