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September 22, 2005
Contact: Jean Redeker, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-9193.

KU Continuing Education announces new East Asian studies courses

LAWRENCE -- To help teachers integrate East Asian topics into their curricula, the University of Kansas Continuing Education's Independent Study program now offers EALC/HIST 747, "Teaching About East Asia." This professional development, ADA-compliant online course is available for two hours of undergraduate or graduate credit.

Teaching about East Asia prepares teachers to instruct K-16 students about the history, culture and geography of China, Japan and Korea. Initially designed as an on-site course offered by the Kansas Consortium for Teaching about East Asia (KCTA), the online version is a partnership with faculty and staff from the KU Center for East Asian Studies and history department. Extensive course materials are available in streaming audio, video and text formats, with presentations by several KU East Asian specialists, a local teacher and prominent national scholars.

This course, funded in part by the Freeman Foundation of New York City and Stowe, Vt., is part of an ambitious initiative to make East Asia a permanent part of the curricula across the United States. Course topics include those found in state, national and advanced placement standards for world history and are also applicable for teachers of the gifted, language arts and fine arts, school librarians and other K-16 educators interested in learning and teaching about this area.

The course developers and instructors are prominent and pioneering educators and scholars in their field. Bill Tsutsui, an associate professor of history at KU, is a specialist in modern Japanese business and economic history. He holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Princeton universities. Nancy Hope, associate director of the Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia, has degrees in education, fine arts and Asia art history. She worked in Japan for nine years.

KU Continuing Education is also partnering with Professor Tsutsui to develop HIST 640/EALC 520 Entrepreneurship in East Asia. This three-hour online course, supported with funding from the Kauffman Foundation, will also be offered for graduate and undergraduate credit. For more information on these and other Independent Study courses, call 877-404-5823 or 785-864-5823, or view the Independent Study catalog of more than 150 courses online at


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