Teaching Japan

Date : Sat., October 19, 2002 10:30 am to 8:30 pm Category : Butcher History Institute

FPRI’s Marvin Wachman Fund for International Education is pleased to announce a weekend-long history institute on “Teaching Japan,”  featuring a series of lectures by leading scholars in several fields.  This program is specially designed for secondary school teachers and curriculum supervisors.  Our aim is to enrich teachers’ understanding of Japan  — from ancient times to the 21st century — covering history, culture, politics, society, and foreign relations.  Participating teachers will have the opportunity to interact with nationally known scholars in Japanese studies and will be provided with information on high-quality instructional materials to help translate the weekend experience directly into the classroom.


Topics and Speakers

Pre-Modern Japanese History

10/19/2002 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Jurgis S.A. Elisonas

Boskey Visiting Professor of History, Williams College

Modern Japanese History and the Occupation

10/19/2002 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
George Packard

President, U.S.-Japan Foundation

Contemporary Japanese Society

10/19/2002 - 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM
Anne E. Imamura

Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Japanese Education

10/19/2002 - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Private: Lucien Ellington

Senior Fellow - Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy

UC Foundation Professor of Education at the University of Tennessee

Editor, Education about Asia

Related Article(s):

Teaching About Japan

Teaching About Japan #2

Beyond the Rhetoric: Essential Questions About Japanese Education

Teaching about Japan: Films About Japanese Culture, Literature and History

The Big Mac and Teaching About Japan

The U.S., Japan, and East Asian Security

10/19/2002 - 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Gilbert Rozman

Senior Fellow

Musgrave Professor of Sociology, Princeton University



Gregg Conference Center

270 S. Bryn Mawr Ave.
PA Bryn Mawr 19010

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See also Japan’s Schools: Five Lessons by Gail Benjamin


What Participants Receive:

Social studies and history teachers, curriculum supervisors and junior college faculty are invited to apply for participation in the History Institute.  Forty participants will be selected to receive:

*     free room and board

*     assistance in designing curriculum and special projects based on the History Institute

*     stipends of $200 in exchange for curriculum units based on the History Institute, plus a representative selection of student work

*     partial travel scholarships available for participants outside the East Coast

*     subscription to Orbis, FPRI’s journal of world affairs, and Education about Asia, edited by Lucien Ellington

To Apply:

Please send a resume and a short statement describing your current teaching or professional assignments, your reasons for wanting to attend, and how your students or school district will benefit from your participation.  IMPORTANT NOTE: At the time of application, you are asked to make a commitment either to prepare a curriculum unit based on the weekend or to do in-service activities based on the weekend.