Florida Tech Humanities Instructor Chosen for Hawaii East-West Center Program Participation

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Matthew Ruane, instructor in Florida Institute of Technology’s Department of Humanities and Communication, has been selected as a participant in the 2012 Asian Studies Development Program Institute on Infusing Chinese and Japanese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum. The institute runs July 23 through Aug. 10 at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The multidisciplinary institute fosters faculty and institutional development aimed at enhancing undergraduate teaching and learning about Asian cultures and societies. The focus of the 2012 program will be China and Japan in their regional and global contexts. The first two weeks of the program will feature lectures and discussions on the cultures, philosophical and religious traditions, histories and arts of China and Japan. The third week will cover social, economic and political dynamics in China and Japan from the early 20th Century to the present.

Among the many and diverse courses Ruane teaches at Florida Tech are Introduction to Western Civilization, World War II in Film: Europe and World War II in Film: Pacific. He has attended other programs at the East-West Center, including the Institute on Infusing South Asia into the College Curriculum, and the NEH Landmarks Workshop History and Commemoration: Legacies of the Pacific War, both in 2010.

Ruane earned a bachelor’s degree from McGill University in history and political science, a master’s degree from the University of Delaware in history and a doctoral degree from the University of Central Florida in higher education and policy studies.

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