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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.



Aaron Becker

Aaron Becker

History Teacher

Evanston Township High School, Evanston, Illinois

Aaron Becker has been featured in the Chicago Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor for his skill at bringing cultural studies into his history classroom and is a winner of Illinois’s Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Aaron gives credit for his expanded global curriculum, such as his teaching modules on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean poetry, to the NCTA Teaching about Asia seminar he took in Chicago through EASC. “My main courses focus on Southwest Asia and Africa, but the seminar made me more aware of the trends and themes these regions share with East Asia. I modified a Middle Eastern oil concession game to reflect the Chinese-African oil trade—a lesson my students love.”

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.