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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.


Jenna Bergren

Jenna Bergren

History Teacher

Fishers High School, Indiana

Jenna Bergren read, made pottery, practiced t’ai chi, ate Japanese food, brushed up on Asian history, and wrote great lesson plans for her students at Fishers High School in the NCTA Teaching about Asia seminar offered through the East Asian Studies Center. Then she signed up for the study tour of China. “It was an amazing trip—the people I met, historical sites I explored, the history and culture I learned were better than I had even hoped to experience,” she says. “When I teach about China now, I have first-hand experience, pictures, artifacts, and lots of good stories that students love to hear.”

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.