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In Memoriam

Houghton "Buck" Freeman


Mr. Freeman passed away on Dec. 1, 2010 at the age of 89. He was a distinguished businessman and the chairman of the Freeman Foundation, which has funded EASC's teacher training programs since 1995. Read a tribute.



Gina Williams

Gina Williams

Fine Arts Teacher

Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, Illinois

Illinois’s 2007 Golden Apple Award winner Gina Williams has traveled the world and promoted global studies for over a decade. Even before taking EASC’s NCTA Teaching about Asia seminar in Chicago, Gina helped found the Multicultural Affairs Committee and the Asian Exploration Club at her high school. The NCTA seminar provided Gina with additional funding, educational resources, and social networks, which she used to initiate an Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Course, to be launched in 2008-09. “The experience provided by the NCTA program will be the single most important tool I draw on as I move forward,” she says.

National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA)

We are a founding member of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), a multi-year initiative funded by the Freeman Foundation that facilitates teaching and learning about Asia in middle and high school world history, geography, social studies, and literature courses. Launched in 1998, this nationwide program is a collaboration of the East Asian studies programs of seven national institutions:

Since its inception, NCTA has provided introductory Teaching about Asia seminars for middle and high school teachers in 50 states. Our center coordinates seminars in eight states in the Midwest and the South:

  • Alabama
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Ohio

NCTA Programs

NCTA Teaching about Asia Seminars
Thirty-hour seminars offered throughout the Midwest and South for middle and high school teachers interested in incorporating East Asia into their curricula.

NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School workshop
A one-week residential workshop for high school English and world literature teachers.