Spring Events 2013

January 24th, 2013

6 PM - 8 PM
"Literature, Cultural Circles, and Journalism: Linking Hiroshima and Tokyo"
Ann Sherif, Professor of Japanese Literature, Oberlin College
Venue: International Affairs Building, Room 918, Columbia University


February 7th, 2013

5 PM - 7 PM
"Kodan Oral Storytelling Performance by Hyuga Himawari (a Sen Lecture Event)"
Performance in Japanese
Venue: Room 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
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Thursday, March 7th, 2013

6:00-8:00 PM
Tokyo 1923: Disaster, Modernism, and Modernity's Gamble
Gennifer Weisenfeld
Associate Professor, Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Duke University
Venue: Room 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

6:00-8:00 PM
"Traversing the Frontier: The Man'yoshu Account of a Japanese Mission to Silla in 736-737" Mack Horton
Professor of Japanese Literature, University of California, Berkeley
Venue: Room 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

6:00-8:00 PM

"Katsuben Silent Film Narration: Performance and Dialogue with Sawato Midori" The 25th Soshitsu Sen XV Distinguished Lecture on Japanese Culture
Miller Theatre



Fall Events 2013

Tanaka Yukari and Hayashi Naoki
(Professor of Japanese Linguistics, Nihon University, and Research Associate, Nihon University)
Web-Based Mapping of Language and Literature in Edo and Tokyo

Presentation in Japanese
Thursday 12 September, 6:00pm
403 Kent Hall

Christina Laffin (Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, University of British Columbia)
Rewriting Medieval Japanese Women: Patronage and Literary Production in Thirteenth-century Japan

Thursday 19 September, 6:00pm
403 Kent Hall

Adam Clulow (Senior Lecturer, Monash University [2013-2014 Fung Global Fellow, Princeton University])
Law, Torture and the Rights of our Subjects: Japanese Mercenaries and the Amboyna Incident of 1623

Thursday 3 October, 6:00pm
403 Kent Hall

Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku (Professor of Development Studies; Director of Japanese Language Program, University of California, San Diego)
Japanese Language Education in the 21st Century: What, How, and Why?

Thursday 24 October, 6:00pm
403 Kent Hall

Monsters and the Fantastic in Medieval Pictorial Narratives

Presentations in Japanese
Friday 1 November, 9:30 pm - 4:30 pm
403 Kent Hall

Andrew Watsky (Professor of Japanese Art History, Princeton University)
Hearing With The Eyes: Tea and Its Objects in Sixteenth Century Japan
A Sen Lecture Event

Thursday 14 November, 6:30pm
612 Schermerhorn

John Nathan (Takashima Professor of Japanese Cultural Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara)
Jamesian precisions in Natsume Soseki: Contending with Light and Dark

Monday 9 December, 6:00pm
403 Kent Hall

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