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Bringing Asian Arts and Material Culture into the Undergraduate Curriculum Colloquium

September 25 - 26, 2009

This teaching colloquium focused on innovative practices, challenges and successes in bringing arts and material culture in teaching about Asia.


Friday, September 25

3:00-4:00 Registration

4:00-4:15 Opening Remarks: Daniel Youd (Beloit College)
Logan Room, Wright Museum of Art

4:15-5:30 Panel I: Text and Image - Chair: Scott Lineberger

5:30-6:30 Poster session and social hour
Wright Museum

6:30-7:30 Dinner
Wright Museum Courtyard

7:30 Keynote talk: Morgan Pitelka, Associate Professor and Chair, Asian Studies Department, Occidental College - Objects have Agency: Engaging with Things to Think About Asia.  References: Wrapping and Unwrapping Art, Netsuke, Faces of Battle, Finding Her Niche, Samurai Exhibit Blog, Empire of Things


Morgan Pitelka - photo from the
Asian Studies faculty website

Saturday, September 26

9:00-10:15 Panel II: Lives of Objects - Chair: Natalie Gummer
Logan Room

  • Dyron Dabney and Lynne Chytilo (Albion College), The Politics of Tea: Pottery and Tea Ceremony from Feudal Japan to the Present
  • Hiromitsu Inokuchi (SUNY Buffalo), Critical Teaching about Asian Art and Cultures through Library Resources and Instructions
  • Michael Emmerich (University of California, Santa Barbara), Seeing What You’re Missing: Teaching Early Modern Japanese Literature as Reading Material
  • Cynthia Packert (Middlebury College), How Do I Love Thee? Counting the Myriad Ways to Represent and Worship Images of the God Krishna

10:15-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-11:45 Workshop: You Can See a Lot Just by Looking, Dan Bartlett, Curator of Exhibits and Education, Beloit College Logan Museum of Anthropology  References
Logan Museum

The exploration of material culture within the classroom can stimulate deeper levels of student engagement and critical thinking. This workshop will introduce ways to implement visual literacy strategies in the classroom using 3-dimensional objects.

12:00-1:00 Lunch
Gage House

1:00-2:15 Panel III: Performance and Innovation - Chair: Amy Sarno
Logan Room

  • Kelly Foreman (Wayne State University), Japanese Shamisen in the 21st Century Global Context
  • Yasutaka Maruki (Pacific University), Tsumura Kimiko and the Inclusion of Female Noh Actors
  • Satoko Shimazaki (University of Colorado, Boulder), Revisiting the Stage: Kabuki Theater in Prints, Book Illustrations, and Playbills

Ainu Robe
Detail of Ainu Robe (Japan), courtesy of
the Logan Museum of Anthropology

Two exhibits in the Wright Museum of Art were available for viewing during the colloquium  "Object Literacy in a Digital World" and "Asian Icons."