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    Teaching Tokugawa Japan | June 2023 Workshop

    Pedagogical Workshop: "The Age of the Samurai: Teaching Tokugawa Japan" | June 23, 2023

    Date & Time: June 23, 2023 8:30am - 3:30pm
    Location: ArchFord Education Service Cooperative in Plumerville, AR

    Although the Tokugawa Period [1600 - 1868] is sometimes depicted as a static and secluded chapter in Japan’s history, this workshop reveals the surprisingly dynamic cultural and economic changes that shaped Japan’s encounter with the U.S. and propelled its explosive modern growth. Featuring contributions from scholars of Japan from throughout the state, this full-day workshop provides teachers with vital context, award-winning multimedia resources, and ready-made lesson plans for engaging Japan in your classroom. Social studies and language arts teachers grades 5-12 will benefit most, but all are welcome!


    K-12 Teachers can receive:

    • Six hours of continuing education credit

    • Classroom-accessible books, films, and other media for teaching Tokugawa Japan valuing $50+

    • Access to ready-to-use digital materials and lesson plans

    • Priority registration for future ARNCTA programming


    Presenting Scholars:

    Dr. Kinko Ito (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)

    Presenting: "Social Stratification during the Tokugawa/Edo Period”

    Dr. Kinko Ito received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the Ohio State University. She is nationally and internationally known for her research on Japanese popular culture (especially manga comics) and the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan. A Sociology of Japanese Ladies’ Comics: Images of the Life, Loves, and Sexual Fantasies of Adult Japanese Women, her harbinger work on women’s comics, the first kind in the world, was published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2011.  

    290180584 10109507664710669 8966850231808190412 n copyDr. John Schneiderwind (Southern Arkansas University)

    Presenting: “The Tides of Change: The Samurai, Perry, and the Meiji Transition”

    Dr. John Scheiderwind received his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Kansas. He is an award-winning instructor of East Asian history with undergraduate and graduate teaching experience, specializing in Japanese and modern Chinese history. Dr. Schneiderwind also has extensive overseas Japanese language training.

    ImageDr. Kae Hashimoto Reed (Arkansas Tech University)

    Presenting: "Introduction to Tokugawa Period" and "Art of the Floating World"

    Dr. Kae Hashimoto Reed is a diverse musician, active as a performer and educator. A native of Japan, Dr. Reed has decades of experience teaching and performing throughout Asia and the United States. Her performance and teaching philosophy is based on her multi-cultural experiences, emphasizing diversity and inclusion from an artistic perspective. She received her M.A. in Music in Percussion Performance from New York University and a Ph.D. in Musical Arts in Percussion Performance at the University of Memphis.



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