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Nashville Educators Invited to East Asia Seminar

Belmont University, in cooperation with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will host a statewide East Asia history and culture seminar for librarians, administrators, elementary, high school and middle school teachers of World History, World Geography, World Literature or Art to be held June 9-20. The purpose of the seminar is to increase educators’ knowledge of the histories and cultures of these countries. Stipends for qualified educators are available, as well as hundreds of dollars worth of free curriculum materials.
Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn, Chair of the Philosophy Department and Director of Asian Studies at Belmont University, will be the seminar leader. Littlejohn has published several books and articles on comparative and Chinese philosophy and won numerous teaching awards and professional honors. Lucien Ellington, Co-Director of the Asia Program at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), will serve as guest lecturer.
Nashville has been selected as one of two Tennessee sites for this seminar on China, Japan and Korea. A concurrent seminar is being held in Chattanooga on alternate days. This is the 10th consecutive year that funding for these seminars has been provided by the Freeman Foundation, the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and the East Asian Curriculum Project of Columbia University.


High school, middle school and elementary teachers, as well as librarians and administrators from Nashville and surrounding areas, are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Ellington said, “The 25 educators selected for the seminar will each receive a $500 stipend distributed in two installments and $200 worth of materials on China, Japan and Korea. Enrolled educators, after completing all aspects of the seminar, will receive an additional $300 to purchase materials on East Asia for their school.”
Reading materials will be sent to participants in advance. The weekdays that the seminar does not meet are designated as reading days. For the complete list of class dates and times, and an application for the seminar, please visit www.utc.edu/Research/AsiaProgram/ncta-nash-08.php.
Graduate credit in education for this workshop is available from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga at the individual participant’s expense. Continuing Education Units are available through UTC at the expense of the participant. For more information, please contact Peggy Pollock, Assistant Director, Asia Program, by emailing edast@utc.edu or calling 423-425-2118.