Speaker Name: Matthew Turner
The Ming dynasty ruled from 1368-1644, one of the great periods in Chinese imperial history: the Forbidden City was built; the Great Wall, as we know it today, was constructed; and Zheng He led his famed naval expeditions. Our professional development workshop Ming Thought and Chinese Identity will explore the rise, establishment, and decline of this dynasty, with a segment dedicated to pedagogy and lesson plan development.
Specific topics covered will include the Ming dynasty as a reaction to the “foreign” Yuan dynasty and a return to a newly imagined Chinese culture, the role of the Neo-Confucian worldview as a new “Chinese” identity, how that worldview pertains to Ming domestic and foreign policy, and the role of the individual in Ming society.
The content of this workshop has been designed following the 9th grade New York State Social Studies Framework, while also incorporating some aspects of the 6th grade Framework and the following teaching and classroom strategies:
• chronological reasoning and causation
• comparison and contextualization
• geographical reasoning
• interpreting evidence
This workshop is part of We All Live in the Forbidden City (www.walfc.org), China Institute’s educational program about the history, culture, architecture, and life of imperial and contemporary China as seen through the lens of this iconic structure. This program also includes books, children’s workshops, and a website with additional resources for parents and teachers.
$10 per participant, includes refreshments and take-home resources for all participants. Attendees will receive a certificate confirming their participation in this workshop.
This program is generously supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, with additional funding from MeadWestvaco.