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The Edo period (江戸時代, Edo jidai) or Tokugawa period (徳川時代) in Japan from 1603 to 1868 was a critical period in Japanese social, economic, political and cultural history. The Carolina Asia Center, Ackland Art Museum, and North Carolina Teaching Asia Network is excited to offer a free K-12 educator workshop dedicated to the Edo period on September 28, 2019 at UNC-Chapel Hill. “Japan’s Floating World: Politics, Art, and Society during the Edo Period (1603-1868)” will allow NC educators to learn about the history of the Edo period and will investigate questions such as: Who collected and owned art and what were these forms of art? What was the political structure of Japan? What did woodblock prints tell us about society and culture? Three lecturers, Dr. Morgan Pitelka, Dr. Yixin Chen, and Madison Folks, will introduce us to the intersections of art, culture, and politics during the Edo period during the first part of the workshop, and then we will visit the Ackland Museum to look at woodblock prints and other forms of art during the second part of the workshop. We will close the workshop with presentations from UNC staff on K-16 Asia- related resources.


Saturday, September 28
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Arrival/registration at FedEx Global Education Center
9:00 AM – 9:50 AM Seeds of Destruction: Feudalism and Its Problems During the Tokugawa Japan, 1600-1868, Yixin Chen
9:50 AM – 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM Collecting and Displaying Power in Tokugawa Japan, Morgan Pitelka
10:50 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Reflected Culture, Printed History: An Introduction to Japanese Woodblock Prints, Madison Folks
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM A Closer Look: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Ackland Art Museum’s Collection, Kelly Chandrapal and Jenny Marvel
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Break
2:45PM – 3:45 PM Resources for Educators, Liz Bucrek and Shuyi Lin
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Wrap up



Sign up and receive a free tote bag!

Participants will receive a certificate from North Carolina Teaching Asia Network confirming 6 hours of professional development.



Yixin Chen, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Yixin Chen is an associate professor of East Asian history at UNC Wilmington.  He teaches history classes of Premodern East Asia, Modern China and Modern Japan.  His research focuses on twentieth-century Chinese history.  He has co-authored a book and published a number of articles in both English and Chinese.  He is currently completing his book-length manuscript on China’s Great Leap Forward Famine at the grassroots level.

Morgan Pitelka, Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Morgan Pitelka is a historian of Japan who teaches, researches, and writes about premodern Japanese culture and politics. He has published books on the tea ceremony, Japanese ceramics, and the samurai. For more information, please see his website:

Madison Folks, Associate Director at Ronin Gallery
A graduate of Oberlin College, Madison earned her BA in Art History with a minor in East Asian Studies. Following graduation, Madison joined New York’s Ronin Gallery as a research associate producing the gallery’s educational content.  Her graduate research at UNC focused on the self-defined, perceived, and imposed identities, as well as foreign influence on modern Japanese print movements and French Japonisme. She is currently Associate Director at Ronin Gallery.

Kelly Chandrapal, Learning Resources Coordinator, Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Joining the Ackland staff in 2017, Kelly Chandrapal develops education resources for visitors onsite and online. Previously, she worked in other museums including The Leonardo Museum (Salt Lake City, UT) and as an art teacher in public schools. She holds a B.F.A. in Visual Art Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Museum Science from Texas Tech University.

Jenny Marvel, Head of School and Community Programs, Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jenny Marvel develops and implements innovative, interdisciplinary museum education programs for K-12 students, pre-service and in-service educators, and for lifelong learners of all ages.  Previous to her employment at the Ackland, Ms. Marvel worked in a variety of education departments including The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, The Museum of Flight (Seattle, WA), and the Dallas Museum of Art. She holds a BA in Art History at the University of North Texas and an MA in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University.

Liz Bucrek, Program Manager, Carolina Navigators
Liz Bucrek is the program manager for Carolina Navigators and helps to provide K-16 teachers and students with global education resources created by Carolina students who have international expertise. Originally from Michigan, Liz has studied abroad in France, taught English in Spain and traveled throughout the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her master’s degree at N.C. State University.

Shuyi Lin, Program Associate, Carolina Asia Center
Shuyi Lin supports the Carolina Asia Center with programs, events, and outreach initiatives for K-12 community in NC and beyond. Prior to Carolina, she worked for Oberlin Shansi, a nonprofit affiliated with Oberlin College supporting students’ interest in Asia through grants and fellowships. She holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Bryn Mawr College.


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