The 1st Chinese Teacher Leadership School

Learning China: Establishing a Global Context A Seminar on Teaching about China

Teacher Training

October 8, 2016 (Saturday)

Massry Center for Business - Room 141



China’s place as one of humanity’s sophisticated civilizations and its contemporary role in international affairs makes it an important object of study for today’s students. At the same time, for teachers educating students coming of age in the twenty-first century United States, it provides a case study for how to learn about foreign cultures in general. To assist teachers in integrating “China” into their various curricula (whether history, literature, or social studies), the University at Albany Confucius Institute for China’s Culture and the Economy has organized a one day seminar led by scholars working in various fields that will address the goals of integrating China into curricula and techniques for introducing students to Chinese cultural content. The seminar leaders will address both pedagogical issues and offer concrete examples to illustrate the educational value of the education about China.
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.      Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.      Opening Remarks (Directors of the Confucius Institute)

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.     Session One
                                “China as Living Text and Moving Picture: Learning about China through 
                                Literature and Film”
                                Jeffrey Richey, Berea College

10:30-10:45 a.m.     Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.   Session Two
                                “Why the West Needs (to Know) China”
                                Rebecca Bates, Berea College

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.     Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.      Session Three
                                “Knowing and Showing: Mapping knowledge in early modern China and 
                                Kenneth Hammond, New Mexico State University

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.      Coffee Break

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.      Session Four
                                “The Burden of Historical Memory: The Logic of Chinese Politics”
                                Robert Foster, Berea College

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.       Unstructured Discussion
                                Facilitator: Anthony DeBlasi, University at Albany


Dr. Jeffrey L. Richey, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies, Berea College (Berea, KY)

Jeffrey L. Richey is a Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Berea College. He received his doctoral degree in Cultural and Historical Study of Religions from Graduate Theological Union (cooperative program with University of California at Berkeley), and received his Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Harvard University. Dr. Richey was the Chair of the Asian Studies Program at Berea College for many years. He is the current Francis Alexan-der McGaw Chair in Religion at Berea College. Dr. Richey’s teaching interests include classical Chinese and Japanese cultures, East Asian Philosophy and Religion, and Religion in East Asian Film and Literature. Dr. Richey’s publications include two monographs, Confucius in East Asia: Confucianism's History in China, Korea, Japan, and Viet Nam (Association for Asian Studies, 2013) and The Patheos Guide to Confucianism (Patheos Press, 2012), as well as three edited volumes: Daoism in Japan: Chinese Traditions and Their Influence on Japanese Religious Culture (Routledge, 2015), The Sage Returns: Confucian Revival in Contemporary China (with Kenneth J. Hammond) (State University of New York Press, 2015), and Teaching Confucianism (Oxford University Press, 2008). Since 2002, Richey has served as the Inter-net Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s Area Editor for Chinese Philosophy.

Dr. Rebecca Bates, Chair and an Associate Professor of History, Berea College (Berea, KY)

Rebecca Bates is Chair and an Associate Professor of History at Berea College (Berea, KY). She holds an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky (2006). Trained as a modern British historian, her publications                           and conference presentations have addressed issues of imperial citizenship, education                           and philanthropy.

Dr. Kenneth Hammond, Professor, New Mexico State University

Ken Hammond is Professor of History at New Mexico State University, where he has taught since 1994. He received his PhD in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University. His primary field of research is the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), and he is currently working on a study of urban cartography in early modern China. Dr. Hammond was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of History of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 1999, and a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands, in 2002-03. He is the author of nu-merous articles on Chinese history, has edited three volumes of essays, most recently in collaboration with Dr. Jeff Richey on Confucianism in Contemporary China. He is the author of Pepper Mountain: the Life, Death and Posthumous Career of Yang Jisheng 1516-1555. Dr. Hammond was president of the Society for Ming Studies in 2000-02, and editor of the journal Ming Studies from 2007-13. He is currently associate editor of the Journal of Chinese History.

Dr. Robert Foster,Faculty, Berea College (Berea, KY)

Robert W. Foster received a B.A. in History from Kenyon College in Ohio, and his Master's degree in East Asian Studies (1990) and his Ph.D. in Chinese History (1997) from Harvard University. Since 1997, he has been a member of the faculty of the De-partment of History at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Dr. Foster has been a participant in National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes on the Silk Road sponsored by the East-West Center in Hawaii and on Indian History and Culture in New Delhi. He has translated key Classical Chinese texts, has written on China's relation to the Silk Road, on Confucian philosophy, and on the modern use of Confucian imagery in the PRC and Japan. Dr. Foster has taken student and faculty groups to the Peoples' Republic of China and Japan, has served as Smithsonian Lecturer in China, and has led workshops on Asia with organizations as diverse as the U.S. military and secondary school educators in Kentucky.

Dr. Anthony DeBlasi,Faculty, SUNY Albany

Dr. Anthony DeBlasi is a specialist in Chinese history and has traveled extensively in China. He graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University with a bachelor's degree in Chinese Language. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Dr. DeBlasi was a Fulbright Research Scholar in China in 2005. The author of Reform in the Balance: The Defense of Literary Culture in                           Mid-Tang China (SUNY Press), DeBlasi teaches a wide range of courses on Chinese                           history and culture.


The Confucius Institute for China’s Culture and the Economy at University at Albany