This project will be co-directed by David Dettmann, US Director of the ACMS, and Academic Lead Morris Rossabi, Distinguished Professor of History, City University of New York and Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University.

Morris Rossabi’s books include Khubilai Khan: His Life and Times and The Mongols and Global History. Rossabi was Academic Lead Scholar for the 2014 NEH Summer Institute for college and university educators The Mongols and the Eurasian Nexus of Global History, and for 2016 NEH Summer Institute Modern Mongolia: Heritage and Tradition Amid Changing Realities.

David Dettmann is an experienced professional in promoting Asian Area Studies educational outreach with past positions as Director of Outreach at the Center for East Asian Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison (from 2009-2013), and as Associate Director at the Center for East Asian Studies at University of Pennsylvania (since Spring 2014).

Visiting scholars will include:

Dr. Christopher P. Atwood, Associate Professor of Central Eurasian History at the University of Pennsylvania University and author of Encyclopedia of Mongolia and the Mongol Empire (2004)

Dr. William Fitzhugh, Curator of Archaeology and Director, Arctic Studies Center of the Smithsonian Institution and co-author of Genghis Khan & The Mongol Empire (2013)

Dr. Timothy May, Professor of History at University of North Georgia and author of The Mongol Art of War: Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Military System (2007)

Dr. Nancy Steinhardt, Professor of East Asian Art at University of Pennsylvania and author of Chinese Archaeology in an Age of Turmoil (2015)

Dr. Bettine Birge, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and History at University of Southern California Dornsife and author of Women, Property, and Confucian Reaction in Sung and Yüan China, 960-1368 (2002)

Dr. William Honeychurch, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Yale University, author of Inner Asia and the Spatial Politics of Empire: Archaeology, Mobility, and Culture Contact (2015)

Dr. Sunmin Yoon, Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Delaware and is a specialist in Mongolian folk songs;

Dr. Daniel Waugh, Professor Emeritus of History at University of Washington, and editor of The Silk Road (Journal of the Silk Road Foundation (;

Lesley Solomon and Margaret Lonzetta are local International Education Curriculum Development Consultants who regularly conduct teacher training programs for the National Consortium for Teaching Asia (NCTA) through the Center for East Asian Studies at University of Pennsylvania.


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