Japan and the West: From first encounters to contemporary global issues

An NCTA Seminar with Art Historian Melanie King, held at the University of Washington in Seattle

This seminar is offered by the East Asia Resource Center in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and is designed specifically for K12 teachers.
Japan and the West will focus on points of intersection between Japan, Europe, and America from their first encounters to the present. We will weave visual art together with primary and secondary source texts in order to explore historical change and continuity from multiple perspectives. The seminar will be of particular interest to teachers of World History, Art, and Contemporary Global Issues, but the application is open to all K12 teachers who want to expand their horizons and are willing to adapt the content to their classrooms. Several connections to US History will be drawn.

Seminar Highlights:

  • Japan's "closed country" policy in the age of global expansion
  • Excerpts from Van Gogh's letters
  • Western liberalism and civil rights in the Meiji era
  • Post-WWII woodblock prints and protest art
  • Art and writing inspired by the 3.11 triple disaster

Seminar Meetings:

  • Saturday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 24, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 5, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 7, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Credit options:  

  • 27 Washington State OSPI clock hours (free)OR
  • Two 400-level UW credits (for a fee)

Seminar benefits:

  • Course materials and lunches provided
  • One-year subscription to subscription toEducation about Asia
  • $100 for the purchase of teaching materials about Japan

For a full seminar description, visit the application page.

Apply online now!

Posted on September 13, 2015 .