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New Political Realities in East Asia
Professional Development Workshop

Friday, August 25, 2017 from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
White Stag Block, UO Portland, Room 346
Information can be found here.

This one-day workshop is aimed at faculty who are interested in developing curriculum that incorporates aspects of contemporary politics in East Asia into their courses. The workshop provides a broad, interdisciplinary introduction to the current political situations in China, Japan, and Korea. Speakers will provide approachable topics with examples, and the workshop schedule allows ample time for questions and discussion.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) and the National Resource Center for East Asian Studies.

New Political Realities in East Asia

Presented by the UO Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) and Title VI National Resource Center for East Asian Studies (NRC)

Schedule for the Day:
9:30 am: Opening remarks by Jeffrey Hanes, Director CAPS and NRC; Associate Professor, History, University of Oregon

9:45 am: Participant introductions

10:00 am: Mel Gurtov, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, Portland State University. “East Asia Hot Spots: North Korea and the South China Sea.”

This talk will examine the North Korea nuclear issue and the South China Sea dispute from the perspective of all the major players, particularly the US, China, and the two Koreas, and Japan. Equal attention will be given to the background and evolution of the issue, and to possible paths to conflict management.

11:30 am: Martin Hart-Landsberg, Professor Emeritus, Economics, Lewis and Clark College. “Causes and Consequences of Globalization: East Asia and the U.S.”

This talk will explore the forces that shaped contemporary globalization dynamics and the resulting new international division of labor, with special emphasis on East Asia and the United States. It will highlight the ways in which the economic contradictions and imbalances generated by the globalization process led to the “Great Recession” and the current weak global recovery. It will also discuss the implications of the sustained slowdown in international economic trade and growth for working people in East Asia and the United States.

12:50 pm: Lunch

2:00 pm: Tuong Vu, Director, Asian Studies Program; Professor, Political Science, University of Oregon. “East Asia’s New Nationalism: Causes and Consequences for Peace and Development.”

This talk will discuss the rise of a new nationalism following the end of the Cold War in Korea, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Cambodia. It will focus on the causes of this region-wide phenomenon and its consequences for peace and development in the region.

3:30 pm: Lee Rumbarger, Director, Teaching Engagement Program, University of Oregon. “Designing Student Learning Experiences.”

In this interactive session, we’ll consider how to incorporate this year’s workshop theme into future and existing courses. What are your goals for student learning? How can you create compelling entry points, assessments, and occasions to deepen student reflection and learning? We’ll sketch a module or unit and brainstorm ways to make what you’re discussing as faculty experts come alive for your students in the classroom.

4:50 pm: Closing Remarks by Jeffrey Hanes, Director CAPS and NRC; Associate Professor, History, University of Oregon

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