China: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

March 3, 2017, The Field Museum
March 4, 2017, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, in association with the Confucius Institute at the University of Illinois, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Center for Global Studies, is offering a two-day seminar for current and pre-service teachers in grades 7-12 and community colleges. This seminar will focus on Chinese history and the role of China in contemporary society.

The first day will be spent at The Field Museum in Chicago, exploring the Cyrus Tang Hall of China and learning inquiry-based instructional approaches using artifacts from museum collections. This session will be lead by educational professionals at The Field Museum. The second day will be spent on the University of Illinois campus learning about China's place on the contemporary world stage. Teachers will be trained in how to use the Choices curriculum program from Brown University.

Program Costs

This seminar is a no-cost professional development program for educators interested in learning about Chinese history and cultures.

Teachers who are travelling from greater than 50 miles away may qualify for mileage reimbursement. Lunch will be provided both days, with dinner provided on Friday as well. Teachers from outside of the Champaign-Urbana area may request support for hotel accommodation. 10 rooms (1-night stay) at the Illini Union hotel are available for early registrants who apply and receive approval by February 3, 2017.


In addition to learning about China’s contemporary relationship with the United States and the historical underpinnings of the culture and society of modern-day China, qualified teachers will:
Earn continuing professional development units (PDH's)
Receive complimentary curriculum unit from Brown University's The Choices Curriculum Program ($180+ value)
Be eligible for additional material purchasing grant upon the completion of a follow-up lesson plan and classroom implementation ($225 per teacher)


Duane Johansen
Outreach Coordinator
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
(217) 265-5287



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