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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.


James Winship

William Freistat Professor of Studies of World Peace, Augustana College

James Winship, a China expert on EASC’s NCTA study tour programs for middle and high school teachers, combines his academic training with his experiences in China to provide study tour participants with the historical, cultural, and political background of China. Since he has devoted the last 20 years to teaching, studying, and living in China, Winship also gives teachers advice on curriculum development projects and evaluates potential classroom resources. “It’s always exciting to take groups of ‘first-timers’ there, to see familiar places through new eyes, to answer new sets of questions, and to glean new insights,” he 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.