On November 13, the sixth grade class of Our Lady of the Hamptons School in
Southampton had the opportunity to Skype with Dr. Vivian Nyitray, the dean of
students of the Prospect Colleges in Taigu, Shanxi, China and Chongqing, China,
and several of her students. Dr. Nyitray has had a long career teaching
as a college professor at both Barnard College in New York City and at the
University of California at Riverside, the latter of which she served as the
chairperson of her department. This lesson was coordinated by Mr.
Peter Lynch, the sixth grade teacher, and Mrs. Erin Stadelman, the computer/
technology teacher, as part of their social studies and technology curriculum.
As part of their talk that morning, students saw a demonstration of an
ancient Chinese instrument, the guqin, saw examples of ancient traditional
clothing, and learned more about Chinese culture, including important holidays,
ancient customs still practiced today, and even what a typical school day for a
child entails. Students were able to ask questions about the differences
between life in China and life here in the U.S. All of this ties into
their current studies of Ancient China in their history class.
Click here to view a slide show of the event.