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Summit Technology Academy, UCM Host "Teaching About Japan" Workshop

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 28, 2014) –The Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies has awarded a $5,000 grant to the University of Central Missouri to promote education and teaching about Japan to K-12 teachers. 

Taking advantage of this award, UCM is collaborating with the Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit to host a “Teaching About Japan” workshop titled “Japan in the World Today.”  The event is planned for April 11. 

The workshop will provide teachers with information and resources about current political, economic and social conditions in Japan that affect the United States and the world. Scholars specializing in the history, politics and culture of Japan will give a series of short lectures on selected topics, answer questions, and share helpful resources (e.g. films, readings, class exercises) with teachers. Topics include: Japan in the world economy today, Japanese social lives, re-militarization of Japan, language and communication, and Japanese pop culture.

Area middle school and high school teachers of history and social studies courses are invited to attend. Space is limited to the 30 seats, and registration is required.  Participants will receive a travel stipend along with selected educational materials. For more information or to register for the workshop, please contact Curtis Cook, faculty member at Summit Technology Academy at or Darlene Budd, UCM associate professor of political science, at