The American Experience Initiative aims to enhance knowledge of American society and culture by broadening the curriculum and resources available to students, faculty, business executives, and the general public. Driven by the initiative, the AEI workshops bring together a select cohort of Chinese faculty with teams of Arizona State University faculty and American Studies consultants. The workshops function as generative academies devoted to developing current and usable curricula on the topic of American culture.
The purpose of these workshops is to facilitate participating professors’ development of an “American Experience module.” These modules will be designed to easily adapt to fit the pedagogical needs and institutional culture of the universities where it will be taught. The modules and materials will be developed so that they can be combined to create an entirely new course, or added one at a time to an existing American Studies course. Course materials will be shared with the public on an open source web portal that allows for wider distribution.
Small teams of professors from Chinese universities will work together to create a series of modules on a range of American Studies subjects over the course of each academic year. Chinese universities are encouraged to select interdisciplinary teams of scholars with different subject expertise. Each team is responsible for creating one thematic module by collecting education materials and developing other resources on their chosen subject, to be shared with other universities.
What Makes a Module?
Current Participating Institutions
- Shanghai International Studies University
- Spatiality and Somaesthetics: A Case Study on Joyce Carol Oates’ Fiction
- Shanghai University
- American Studies Course Development at Shanghai University
- Sichuan University
- American Culture and Diplomacy --- A Course Design
- University of International Business and Economics
- Translation as A Way of Introducing Culture: A Paratextual Approach
- Wuhan University
- The Influence of American Culture Toward East Asia After WWII
- Beijing Foreign Studies University (Team 1)
- American Mythologies
- Beijing Foreign Studies University (Team 2)
- Communication University of China
- The Research of Public Art in America
- Guangzhou University
- American Chinese --- Today and Yesterday, a Case Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture Diversity
- Northeastern University
- Sustainability in the United States
- Renmin University
- Literary Analysis VS Literary Translation --- in the Case of American Short Fiction
2016 AEI Leadership Academy
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Details available soon.
2016 AEI Spring Workshop
February 21-27, 2016
Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.
In February 2016, professors from ten Chinese universities traveled to the U.S. for a week-long intensive institute at Arizona State University. The institute focused on themes highlighted above. Those Chinese teams selected participated in a collaborative week long series of workshops that built out the modules in collaboration with ASU teams and Luce consultants. Participants worked closely with ASU American Studies scholars to create and/or enhance the module of their choice. Read more about the professors' exciting visit here.
2015 AEI June Workshop
June 12-14, 2016
2015 AEI March Workshop
March 20-22, 2015
2014 AEI December Workshop
December 12-14, 2014