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Events 2012

January 26th, 2012 (Thursday) 6:00 PM

“The Politics and Purchasing Power of Naturalism in Meiji Japan, 1868-1912”
Julia Sapin, Western Washington University
Venue: 612 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University
Made possible by the Orient Finance Co. Endowment for the Donald Keene Center
 

February 9th, 2012 (Thursday) 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Workshop – “Narrative Painting in Japan”
Venue: 930 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University
Estelle Bauer, INALCO
Sinéad Kehoe, Metropolitan Museum
Melissa McCormick, Harvard University
Matthew McKelway, Columbia University
D. Max Moerman, Barnard College
Haruo Shirane, Columbia University
Melanie Trede, University of Heidelberg
Masako Watanabe, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Workshop Information:
In conjunction with special exhibition Storytelling in Japan at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Sponsored by the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture and the Department of Art History and Archaeology. This program is made possible by the Orient Finance Co. Endowment for the Donald Keene Center

 

Friday, February 24th, 2012

10:30am-12:00pm
2012 Undergraduate Discussion Series: Social Networking and Political Participation in East Asia “Social Media and Political Participation Before and After the Tohoku Earthquake”
Yasuomi Sawa, Deputy Director, Kyodo News NY Bureau
Shiho Watanabe, Staff Writer, Asahi Shimbun
918 International Affairs Building, Columbia University
Organized by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, co-sponsored by the Donald Keene Center For full series visit www.columbia.edu/weai/socialnetworking
 

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

7:00-9:30pm
Kokoro: The Heart of Japan “Rebuilding Through Song”
Talk and Q&A with Haiku Poet Mayuzumi Madoka
Panel discussion with Columbia Faculty
Short performance of a choral piece by the Japan Choral Harmony of New York, featuring lyrics by Mayuzumi and score by renowned composer Akira Senju
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center 129 West 67th Street. NYC
Co-sponsored by the Tokyo Foundation and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, with support from the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc., The Nippon Club, the Japan Choral Harmony, and the Men’s Glee Club of New York.
For more information visit: www.tokyofoundation.org/en/heart-of-japan
 

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

6:00-8:00pm
Sen Lecture and Symposium Marking the Anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake The 2012 Soshitsu Sen XV Distinguished Lecture on Japanese Culture
"Architecture and Humanitarianism"
Shigeru Ban
Miller Theater, Columbia University
 

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

12:00-2:00pm
Deprovincializing Marx: The Japanese Experience “Uno Kozo’s Theory of Crisis and the
Writing of History”

Ken Kawashima, University of Toronto
Weatherhead East Asian Institute
918 International Affairs Building
Organized by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, co-sponsored by the Donald Keene Center
 

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

6:00-8:00pm
ATG, Underground Culture, and Shinjuku Hirasawa Go, Meiji Gakuin
Room 403 Kent Hall
Co-sponsored by the Donald Keene Center
Lecture Information:
Hirasawa Go is a lecturer at Meiji Gakuin. He is a film historian and film curator, who specializes in Japanese independent cinema of the 1960s and 1970s. His books include "underground Film Archives" (2001), "Wakamatsu Koji"(2006), "Cultural theory of 1968" (2008), and "Adachi Masao" (2012). This talk will explore ATG's own roots at the Shinjuku Bunka Cinema and the importance of that exhibition space for a range of experimental films and performances, from 1961 onward. Beyond that, it will look at Shinjuku more broadly as the platform or stage for a range of experimental works, set or screened in that sector of Tokyo at that time.
 

Friday, March 30th, 2012

6:00-8:00pm
University Seminar “Miracles of Book and Body: Buddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan”
Charlotte Eubanks, Pennsylvania State University
Room 403 Kent Hall
Co-sponsored with the Columbia University Buddhist Studies Seminar
 

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
“The Two Thresholds of the Limit: Concept, Tendency, and Exterior in Uno Kozo” (Deprovincializing Marx: The Japanese Experience)
Gavin Walker, PhD Candidate, Cornell University
918 International Affairs Building
Co-sponsored by the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture
 

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

6:00-8:00pm
“Rethinking Natsume Soseki’s Theory of Literature as World Literature”
Michael Bourdaghs, University of Chicago
Room 403 Kent Hall
Made possible by the Orient Finance Co. Endowment for the Donald Keene Center
 

Friday, April 6th, 2012

4:00-6:00pm
Sen Lecture and Symposium Marking the Anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake Panel Discussion:
“Thinking through Disaster, Japanese Earthquakes Past and Present”
Hitoshi Abe, University of California, Los Angeles
Gregory Clancey, National University of Singapore
Gregory Smits, Pennsylvania State University
Room 403 Kent Hall
 

Friday, April 13th, 2012

4:00-6:00pm
"On Empire and Imperialism in Japanese Marxist Historiography" (Deprovincializing Marx: The Japanese Experience) Katsuya Hirano, Assistant Professor, Cornell University
918 International Affairs Building
Co-sponsored by the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture
 

Friday, April 20th, 2012

4:00-6:00pm
“Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons: Nature, Literature and the Arts”
Haruo Shirane, Columbia University
Room 403 Kent Hall
Made possible by the Orient Finance Co. Endowment for the Donald Keene Center
 

Friday, April 27th, 2012

7:00-9:00pm
Japan-U.S Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature Ceremony To honor recipients, Matthew Fraleigh, Brandeis University and Keith Vincent, Boston University
C.V Starr East Asian Library
 

Monday, May 7th, 2012

6:00-8:00pm
“Monkey Business: New Voices from Japan” Conversation with authors Ono Masatsugu and Shibasaki Tomoka
Shibata Motoyuki, University of Tokyo, discussant
Ted Goossen, York University, commentator
Room 403 Kent Hall

September 13th, 2012

6:00 PM
“Translation Studies and Japan”
Lecture by Indra Levy, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies
Venue: Room 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University

 

September 20th, 2012

6:00 PM
“Beyond the Metropolis: Second Cities and Modern Life in Interwar Japan”
Lecture by: Louise Young, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Venue: Room 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University

 

October 4th, 2012

6:00 PM
“Sakai Hoitsu and the Invention of Rimpa” (Lecture in Japanese)
Lecture by: Satoko Tamamushi, Musashino Art University
Venue: 612 Schermerhorn, Columbia University
 

October 11th, 2012

6:00 PM
“What We Don’t Usually Say in Japanese”
Lecture by: Mutsuko Endo Hudson, Michigan State University
Venue: Room 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
 

October 18th, 2012

6:00 PM
“From Ground Zero to Degree Zero: Akira as Origin and Oblivion”
Lecture by: Christopher Bolton, Williams College
Venue: Room 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
 

October 25th, 2012 (Lecture in Japanese)

6:00 PM
“Japanese Buddhist Literature: Setsuwa and Medieval Discourse”
Lecture by: Hiroshi Araki, International Research Center for Japanese Studies
Venue: Room 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
 

November 29th, 2012

6:00 PM
“Poetry and Portraiture: Immortal Poets, Calligraphy, and the Folding Screen in Japan, ca. 1600”
Lecture by: Tomoko Sakomura, Swarthmore College
Venue: Room 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University

 

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