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Responses to Chaos: Art, Religion and Literature in the Six Dynasties Period: A Professional Development Workshop for K-12 Educators

October 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday, October 15, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Event Fees: $10 Members/$15 Non-Members
Speaker: Morris Rossabi, Marsha Stewart, Pearl Lau
Location: China Institute, 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

The centuries that separated the fall of the Han Dynasty in 220 and the reunification of China by the Sui dynasty in 587 were marked by political division, during which Chinese arts and literature thrived, Buddhism spread, and China’s interactions with the wider world flourished. Despite the presence of weak centers of government which fell in and out of power, this period of Chinese history had a profound and lasting effect on China’s intellectual and religious imagination that has shaped China’s cultural identity for centuries.

Join China Institute on Saturday, October 15th, for a professional development workshop for K-12 educators that will explore the impact of the Six Dynasties period as an important bridge between the Han and Tang dynasties, peaks of China’s political power and cultural influence. The significance of the Silk Road during the period will also be discussed. A morning lecture session will be led by Professor Morris Rossabi, Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor, Columbia University and the Distinguished Professor of History, CUNY Queens College. Following lunch, participants will tour the exhibition Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, which features more than 100 ceramics, sculptures, calligraphy and paintings from the third to sixth centuries that will put the workshop material into solid context. The afternoon will be dedicated to a two-hour pedagogy and working session for participants to develop lesson plans for their classroom. This session will be led by master educators Marsha Stewart and Pearl Lau. The workshop subject matter will be applicable for educators teaching in world history and social studies, arts & literature, and Chinese language.

A professional development certificate for five hours will be issued to participants upon completion of the full-day workshop. Additional Six Dynasties resources and materials for educators and students are available at www.china360online.org

Morris Rossabi, Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor in Inner Asian and East Asian history at Columbia University.

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Morris Rossabi (Ph.D.) teaches Chinese and Inner Asian History and is the author and editor of more than twenty books, including Khubilai Khan, Voyager from Xanadu, A History of China, and The Mongols: A Very Short Introduction. He has also written three chapters for the authoritative Cambridge History of China. Formerly Chair of the Arts and Culture Committee of the Open Society Institute, he has written chapters in catalogs of exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Los Angele County Museum of Art.

Marsha Stewart has over 20 years experience within the New York City Department of Education, as a teacher, administrator, and staff developer. Marsha has developed Curriculum Guides, Units of Study, and Lesson Plans for the NYC DOE, as well as for the China Institute. She has travelled to China twice, under the auspices of the China Institute, with cohorts of teachers, with whom she later worked to create materials for the China Institute Education Department.

Pearl Lau has been an art educator with the NYC school system and several colleges. She has been the recipient of 3 grants to travel all over China from the China Institute and Columbia University. Teaching about China through the use of art projects has been her specialty in the elementary classroom. Lau has received the elementary art educator award of the year from NYCATA and the New York City art educator award from NYSATA. In addition, she will be on a panel at the Spring NAEA in NYC with two high school history teachers and Mr. Maxwell Hearn, curator of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]



October 15, 2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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40 Rector Street
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