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 Tuesday, June 8, 2004 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Teaching in the Land of the Rising Sun
By Vanessa Lozano, junior, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Thomas Zeiler, chair of the history department, will travel to Tokyo during the next academic year as a Fulbright scholar. Zeiler will teach four classes including America Through Baseball, a popular history class among CU-Boulder students, at the University of Tokyo and Japan's Women's University.

America Through Baseball reviews American history from the 1830's to the present through the lens of baseball. It covers a number of issues such as immigrant mobility, prejudice, technological advancement and feminism.

"I will have to change my teaching style in order to present to students studying English who have little American history background," said Zeiler. "As a teacher, I am challenged to step back and see which points are most important."

Though he is involved in CU-Boulder's Teaching East Asia K-12 program and has visited Japan twice, Zeiler doesn't speak Japanese or consider himself an expert on the country. In fact, the Fulbright program encourages scholars to apply to locations that are not areas of specialty.

"I think the Fulbright Scholar Program provides unique experiences for Americans and insights into foreign cultures that you don't get by being a tourist," said Zeiler, who will travel with his wife and two children. "As a history professor, it will be interesting to learn about the United States from a Japanese perspective."

This is Zeiler's second Fulbright award. In 1999 he taught a course at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also traveled throughout Argentina giving lectures on globalization and U.S. diplomacy and expects to be able to see much of Japan and parts of Asia this way.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and recognizes faculty and professionals who demonstrate leadership and achievement in their fields. To learn more about the Fulbright Scholar Program visit

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