The Worlds of Southeast Asia and Oceania (3-part series)
This series is designed to offer educators an introduction to the content addressed in Topic 7.3 of the MA History/Social Studies Standards.
Engaging with Experts
Tuesday December 7, 2021 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Thursday January 13, 2022 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Tuesday February 8, 2022 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Focal Skills and Dispositions
Developing cross-cultural sensitivity; Developing empathy; Analyzing point of view and purpose
10 PDPs for completion of the full series
Partnership educators: no cost
Non-partnership educators: $600 for the entire 3-part series
Especially for educators of grade 7 social studies; all interested educators welcome
Dec. 7, 2021
Oceania: Civilizations of Island and Sea
with Ingrid Ahlgren, Harvard University
Anthropologist and curator Ingrid Ahlgren will introduce you to this unique region encompassing Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia and Australia, from its pre-colonial past to its present. Three teachable themes will anchor our session: the geography, populations and human settlement patterns of Oceania; its economic and trade relations; and the multi-layered effects of colonization on its peoples and history. Participants will engage with arts, material culture, Indigenous maps, and other primary sources, and meet new curriculum materials about Pacific history from the state of Hawaii.
Jan. 13, 2022
Southeast Asia in the First Millenium: Crossroads of Empire
with Miriam Stark, University of Hawai’i – Manoa
Southeast Asia’s vast archipelagos and broad river valleys, a key region in developments across the Old World during the 1st millennium, hosted a sequence of ancient kingdoms and empires whose reach extended deep into South Asia, and whose interaction always involved its Chinese neighbors to the north. Two case studies, the 3rd-6th century Funan kingdom (Mekong Delta) and 7th-11th century Srivijaya empire (Sumatra), will structure our discussion. Classroom-friendly source materials will be shared, as well as recommended resources for further learning.
Feb. 8, 2022
History and Archaeology of Aboriginal Australia: 60,000 Years of Occupation and Cultural Innovation
with Tristen Jones, The Australian National University
This program will offer a general introduction to Australian archaeology, addressing major periods in Aboriginal occupation and major cultural innovations throughout time, from 60,000 years ago to present day. We will also look at regional differences, for instance between northern Australia, coastal Australia and the arid zone. The seminar will explain examples of the diversity of cultural traditions and social life of past Aboriginal groups, predominantly through the archaeological signatures of Aboriginal rock art. Participants will receive practical student-facing materials, in addition to reading resources.