2017 Summer Institute: Chinese Culture and Histories in Global Contexts: A Faculty Development Institute for Building Chinese Studies


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When: Jul 17 2017 (All day) until Jul 29 2017 (All day)
Where: East-West Center, John A. Burns Hall

This seminar will afford participants an introduction to the complexity of Chinese cultural identities and their transformations over time, and will place particular emphasis on the dynamics of Chinese cultures and histories into the early 20th century, on the great variety of China’s natural and human geography, and on China’s complex engagements with cultural others. In addition to the content-driven interdisciplinary lectures and discussions around which each Seminar will be designed, Chinese language teachers will participate in a series of afternoon sessions focused on leading edge approaches to Chinese language pedagogy, on how best to address the range of learning styles found among American undergraduates, and on infusing significant cultural elements into language sessions. Humanities and social science faculty will participate in afternoon sessions on pedagogical strategies, primary sources and online resources, and will meet with program leaders for feedback on both curricular and institutional projects.

Over the course of the Seminar, institutional teams will be responsible for outlining a specific core course for a planned Chinese studies certificate or minor. Individual participants will be responsible for developing a 3-4 week course module that can be used to infuse Chinese content into courses already being taught on their campuses in the humanities and social sciences. Teams will also develop concrete plans for how their home institutions can best and most practically realize greater symbiosis between undergraduate course content in the humanities and social sciences with “best practices” for Chinese language learning.

Open to invited participants only.

A joint project of the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program.


Primary Contact Info:
Name: Audrey Minei