Napoleon once called China a sleeping dragon, and is said to have warned,
“When she awakes, the world will tremble.”
In the past 25 years the dragon has definitely come to life. The world’s most populous country has the world’s fastest growing economy, with an annual economic growth rate of 9.5% since 1980. U. S. firms have invested more than $50 billion in China, now one of the world’s five largest economies.
China’s impact on the world will only continue to grow. “Understanding China” is a two-day program designed to help teachers make China relevant for students. Leading academic experts will examine China’s history, economy and relations with the outside world.
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 $250 in exchange for curriculum units based on the History Institute, plus a representative selection of student work;
partial travel reimbursements (up to $250) for participants outside the vicinity of the conference center;
subscription to Orbis, FPRI’s journal of world affairs; E-Notes, FPRI’s weekly bulletin; and Footnotes, FPRI’s bulletin for high school teachers.
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. Schools with a school membership in FPRI’s Marvin Wachman Fund are guaranteed one place at one History Institute weekend per year.