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National Endowment for the Humanities Awards $360K to EWC for Teacher Workshops on Pacific War Legacies
HONOLULU (October 7, 2010) – The East-West Center’s AsiaPacificEd Program for Schools has been awarded two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for teacher professional development programs focusing on legacies of World War II in the Pacific.

The first grant, an $180,900 award, is to conduct a three-week institute on “Southeast Asia: At the Crossroads of World War II.” The second grant, an $180,000 award, is for an NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop titled “Pearl Harbor: History and Memory Across Asia and the Pacific.” Both workshops are conducted in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, where the Center’s main campus is located.

“Southeast Asia: At the Crossroads of World War II,” scheduled for July 3-22, 2011, is designed to improve U.S. secondary school teachers’ understanding of Southeast Asia’s strategic place and role in the events and development of World War II, as well as the war’s impact in the radical transformation of the region.

“Pearl Harbor: History and Memory Across Asia and the Pacific” is a pair of weeklong workshops that will bring a total of 80 U.S. secondary teachers together for intensive study of the events and meaning of Pearl Harbor in a global context. Further funding is being sought to be able to invite Japanese teachers to join in the discussion, as they have in previous years. The workshop will be held June 18-24, 2011 and again the following week, June 25-July 1.

This is the sixth time that NEH has awarded funds to the East-West Center for the Pearl Harbor workshop. The program has been designated part of NEH’s “We the People” initiative to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture.

The East-West Center’s AsiaPacificEd Program for Schools works with elementary and secondary school teachers and youth in the United States and in Asia Pacific to foster mutual knowledge and understanding as well as cross-cultural communication and collaborative skills key to community building in the Asia Pacific region. For more information, call 808-944-7378, or email [email protected]

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The EAST-WEST CENTER promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.