International Studies program at Summit Tech to host Teaching About Japan workshop

January 15, 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.

The grant is designed to promote education and teaching about Japan to kindergarten through high-school teachers.

In a collaborative effort, Summit Technology Academy and the University of Central Missouri will host a Teaching About Japan workshop entitled “Japan in the World Today” April 11 at Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit.

The workshop will provide teachers with information and resources on 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 (such as films, readings and 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. Participants will receive a travel stipend along with selected educational materials.

For more information or to register for the workshop, please contact Curtis Cook at or Darlene Budd at

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