2020 China in the Classroom Seminar
Come join us for the 2020 China in the Classroom Seminar for Nebraskan middle and high school teachers in history, social studies, world language, world literature, and other humanities fields. This year's seminar will be held online as a zoom webinar May 5-8. Each day there will be a session at 3:30 PM on a China-related topic or theme. The seminar is free to all Nebraskan teachers. The purpose of this seminar is to help Nebraskan school teachers to incorporate knowledge and lessons about China into the classroom curriculum. China is an important part of world culture, history, and society, representing 1/4 of all human beings who have ever lived. We all know that discussing this major part of humanity is important for the future of students to better understand the world but may lack the resources or background to address it.
TheChina in the Classroom Seminar brings together scholars with expertise in China and Nebraskan educators in a collaborative seminar to expand and polish lessons on China, develop curriculum concepts, and provide teachers an opportunity to ask experts in the field. The seminar is primarily intended for teachers in Social Studies, History, Literature, and World Language programs, but all teachers regardless subject matter are welcomed to join. There will be 4 sessions led by scholars and staff at the University of Nebraska over the course of four days.
Due to the disruptions in education caused by the covid-19 pandemic, this year's seminar will be held online through zoom. Please register below. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to your e-mail with the zoom link and password. If you are interested, please register through the form below. Thanks for your support.
Tuesday, May 5, 3:30 – 5:00 PM Session 1: Ten Things to Know about China, Christopher Heselton, PhD, Associate Director, The Confucius Institute
In this session, we will look at several major themes across China across time and space, and how these can be used to compare with other parts of the world. We will use some vignettes and primary sources on China’s interactions with the world across time, and address issues like: Why does China have such a large population? Why is China so big? Why are test so important? How has society politics changed and remained the same? How interconnected has China been to the world economy? We will discuss issues that would be useful for students to think about when addressing China in a larger historical, social, and global context.
Wednesday, May 6, 3:30 – 5:00 PM Session 2: A Glimpse into Chinese Dress and Accessories Culture, Qin Li, Chinese Instructor and Musician
For thousands of years, generations of clothing designers and garment makers in China have devoted themselves to building the “Garment Kingdom,” making the garments that cover the human body an important component of Chinese culture. I will introduce: the development of Chinese clothing; Chinese clothing fabric; typical Chinese attire; ethnic attire.
Thursday, May 7, 3:30 – 5:00 PM Session 3: Chinese Popular Religion and Folk Beliefs, Christopher Heselton, PhD, Associate Director, The Confucius Institute
In this session, we will look at the Chinese pantheon, religious beliefs, and philosophy before the 20th Century as well as discus beliefs in the 20th Century. We will discuss Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism and how these beliefs formed a syncretic religion in folk religion that often seems paradoxical yet functioned consistently for millennia. We will also explore Chinese mythology and the pantheon of deities. And we will address how religion has changed over time, especially in the twentieth century.
Friday, May 8, 3:30 – 5:00 PM Session 4: Marriage and Weddings in China, Bing Cheng, PhD, Visiting Scholar, The Confucius Institute
Marriage customs have been changing with the development of human society and human civilization. I will introduce and compare the traditional and modern Chinese wedding customs, from the perspective of wedding preparation, wedding procedures, food, dressing etc. From the similarities and differences, more culture and social evolution behind the wedding will be understood.