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Grade 6-14 Teacher Workshop. Rite Smells: A Sensory Exploration of the Historic Trade of the Indian Ocean

Michelle Krell Kydd, Smell & Tell; Jatin Dua, CSAS Director and Associate Professor of Anthropology
Friday, June 25, 2021
9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Attendance is free, but registration is required. Capacity is limited. Register at

Join us on Friday, June 25, 2021, at “Rite Smells: A Sensory Exploration of the Historic Trade of the Indian Ocean,” an interactive workshop for Grade 6-14 educators! The workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.; 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Join trained “nose” and educator Michelle Krell Kydd in a sensory exploration of the historic routes of trade from the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal, and the Arabian Sea. In this experiential learning environment, Krell Kydd will lead teachers in exploring a “scent flight” of eight perfumes and essential oils from Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East, and North Africa, transforming the abstract nature of smell into articulated lived experience. Teachers will learn how to integrate sensory experiences in classroom settings to understand the relationship between spirituality and smellscape in various rites and rituals.

U-M Professor Jatin Dua will then provide an overview of the historical maritime trade of the Indian Ocean. Darin Stockdill will conclude with a discussion with participants about strategies for teaching this knowledge in classrooms.

Benefits of “Rite Smells”:

Kit of perfumes and essential oils, and equipment for use in this workshop

Lecture about regional history and geography

Multi-media educational resources

Classroom-ready lesson plan created by the Center for Education Design, Evaluation and Research at the U-M School of Education

State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) from the Michigan Department of Education (Michigan educators only)

Schedule at a Glance (in Eastern Times):

-9:00 - 11:00 am: Interactive sensory exploration with Michelle Krell Kydd

-11:00 am - 12:00 am: Break

-12:00 - 1:00 pm: Lecture by Professor Jatin Dua

-1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: How to Teach this New Content, with Darin Stockdill

Center for South Asian Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies, and the Center for African Studies, Center for Education, Design, Evaluation, and Research
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Link:
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: 6-14 Teacher Workshop, Training, Virtual, Workshop
Source: Happening @ Michigan from International Institute, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, African Studies Center, Center for South Asian Studies