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Upcoming Workshops

We're starting a new program called World Wednesdays. Join us on selected Wednesdays to learn more about global cultures and ways to teach about them in your classrooms. More information below:

WORLD WEDNESDAYS: Give us a Wednesday, we'll give you the world!

Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Rm B, 4-5 pm

The International Studies Centers at the University of Kansas are pleased to offer local educators a new way to bring global competencies into the classroom at all grade levels and across all curriculum areas. On designated Wednesdays throughout the 2014-15 academic school year, FREE one-hour, hands-on lessons on language and culture from different world areas will be offered at the new Lawrence Public Library (Meeting Room B) at 4pm. Each session will be taught by an expert in the field and will be designed to give you the know-how you need to turn around and teach it to your students. Sessions will include handouts, interactive activities, and more!

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All sessions are open to the public. No registration is necessary and walk-ins are welcome. For questions, please contact Randi Hacker (

(USD 497 will award professional development points to teachers who attend World Wednesdays (1 point per session). Teachers who attend all 10 sessions will receive 10 professional development points!)

October 15, 2014: Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
November 5, 2014: A Day in the Life of a Ugandan School Child
December 3, 2014: Namaste! Welcome to Hindi
December 17, 2014: Cyrillic Alphabet Soup
January 28, 2015: Stroke by Stroke: Writing Chinese Characters
February 18, 2015: Children's Literature, Spanish Story Time
March 25, 2015: Ali and Nino, The True Story Behind the Fiction
April 15, 2015: Salam! Welcome to Persian Languages
April 29, 2015: KiSwahili Basics
May 6, 2015: Get Your Furoshiki On! Wrapping Gifts, Japanese Style

More About Our Workshops

The Center for East Asian Studies offers a number of professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers in Kansas and Western Missouri. Our teachers' workshops are designed to enhance teachers' knowledge of East Asian culture and their ability to teach this to their students. To find what workshops we are offering, sign up for Outreach Notes, our outreach newsletter. To sign up, send an email to Randi Hacker, Outreach Coordinator, at

Please put "Outreach Notes" in the subject line.

The Center also houses the Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia (KCTA), which offers professional development classes in East Asian history and culture for teachers interested in learning how to incorporate Chinese, Japanese, and Korean content into the curriculum for all subject areas and grade levels. Classes are given throughout the year in either face-to-face or online formats. To learn more, please visit

New M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas is offering a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email ( or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

KU Works for Kansas: A Free Undergraduate Study Tour of Japan

CEAS conducted a Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow study tour to Japan for 23 students from colleges and universities throughout Kansas in summer 2014. The tour, which was funded by the Japan Foundation and led by CEAS members Maggie Childs (core faculty) and Nancy Hope (staff), visited selected sites in Tokyo and Shizuoka June 23rd - July 3rd.  For more about the Project, view the video, the itinerary, or excerpts from participant reports. This fall, the Kansas students will make presentations about Japan at local elementary and secondary schools, while CEAS will host 23 students from Shizuoka University who are visiting KU in early spring as part of their Kakehashi tour of America.  

Join us for "World Wednesday: Demystifying Chinese Characters" this Wednesday, January 28, from 4-5 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room B. After a quick overview of the language and its pronunciation with Center for East Asian Studies Outreach Coordinator Randi Hacker, the session will focus on stroke order and writing. Participants will have the chance to write one character using brush and ink. No registration necessary. World Wednesday Workshops are designed with educators in mind, but should be of interest to anyone who wants to learn about the topic. This event is free and open to the public.
Lawrence-area educators: Check out this World Wednesday Workshop on Chinese Characters, 1/28, 4 p.m. @lawrencelibrary
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