Teaching about China in the Age of the Pandemic - The UCA Asian Studies Program and the Arkansas Division of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia are thrilled to announce our Fall Workshop Series:

Teaching China in the Age of Covid-19

This FREE, four-part, online series brings together leading scholars on Asia and public health from around the country to provide essential context on the origins of Covid-19, the response to the virus within China, its impact on Asian-American communities, and the future of US-China relations. Each of the one-hour online events will take place on Thursday evenings at 6pm in October (over Zoom). The full line-up is as follows:

October 1 at 6pm: The Origins of Covid - 19: Fact and Fiction

Speakers: Dr. Anita Sego, University of Central Arkansas and Dr. Michelle King, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

October 8 at 6pm: China’s Response to Coronavirus

Speakers: Dr. Ka Zeng, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Dr. Zach Smith, University of Central Arkansas

October 15 at 6pm: Confronting Anti-Asian Racism in Communities and Classrooms

Speakers: Dr. Linda Hasunuma, Temple University and ShaRonda Love, MPH, Director of Arkansas Minority Health Commission

October 22 at 6pm: The Future of U.S. - China Relations

Speakers: Dr. Sara Castro, US Air Force Academy and Dr. Mark Mullenbach, University of Central Arkansas

To register for these events (and receive the related zoom invite), please click the following link:

The workshop events are free and open to the public, and should complement the other Covid-related programing sponsored by the CAHSS including Dr. Frontain’s Pandemic Webinar Series, as well as the public talk on Asian-American activism and Covid-19 from UCA Artist in Residence Simon Tam on Oct 8th at X-period. Each event will also feature an extended Q&A/Conversation, moderated by students in my senior-level modern Chinese history seminar. Recordings of the sessions, along with additional readings and resources will be hosted on the ARNCTA website. Although the series is partially intended to provide continuing education credit for Arkansas teachers who wish to address covid-19 in their classrooms, the timeliness of the material and the online format led us to open these events up to the public.
Focus on a Fellowship - The Woodrow Wilson Foundation supports several fellowships for graduates interested in teaching middle or high school in the STEM fields as well as in business. Interestingly, the Foundation will soon be changing its name, removing that of Woodrow Wilson, due to its racist overtones. A new name will be announced later this fall. Meanwhile, check out their fellowship opportunities!
Call for Assistance: Audio Recordings - Greetings! We are looking for students who have a voice and want to use it. Our goal is to have audio formats of Honors texts for those who are vision impaired, have trouble focusing, or have difficulty looking at a screen to read texts - and we want your lovely voices to bring life to our recordings! We are so excited to begin this project with all of you, and we think it will do much good for our community in a time where it’s hard to come together. Please contact Madilyn Hufford at to volunteer for this project!
Monday, October 26, 2020 at 10:00 PM
Mentor Event: Stargazing - Please contact mentor staff for transportation details.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM
via Zoom
TAG/URGE/ELF Grant Writing Workshop II - The process of applying for a grant through Honors is a competitive process and the student’s award, if approved, is based on the quality of the proposal. To help students improve the overall quality of their application, your participation in one of our two grant writing workshops is encouraged. Led by Adam Frank via Zoom.