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The Current Japan–U.S. Partnership

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The Current Japan–U.S. Partnership

His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae, the Japanese ambassador to the U.S., will be speaking on campus  Monday, 30 March at noon in 238 HRCB.

Sasae was appointed Japanese ambassador to the U.S. in November 2012. During a long and esteemed diplomatic career, he has served as vice minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo, deputy minister for foreign affairs, Read More…

Papua New Guinea: An Emerging Economy

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Papua New Guinea: An Emerging Economy

His Excellency Rupa Mulina, the Papua New Guinean ambassador to the U.S., will address a campus audience on  Thursday, 26 March at 11:00 a.m. in 238 HRCB.

Mulina’s assignment also covers Canada and Mexico, and he previously served as secretary of defense, secretary for finance and planning, managing director of the Papua New Guinea Banking Corporation (1997), and executive chairman for the Rural Development Bank (2003).

His work in the private sector before his appointment as ambassador included managing Ambate RG Pacific, a company promoting a geothermal project in Rabaul, and he previously worked as executive assistant to the chairman in Papua New Guinea’s Office of Climate Change.

He came to the U.S. as a graduate student on a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship (1987–88), studying at Boston University.

Mulina received a BS in economics from the University of Papua New Guinea and an MS in economics from Macquarie University in Sydney.

Memory and Spatial Practice: Yasukuni Shrine and Japan’s Unending Postwar

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Memory and Spatial Practice: Yasukuni Shrine and Japan’s Unending Postwar

Akiko Takenaka, an assistant professor of history at the University of Kentucky, will present this lecture on  Wednesday, 18 March at noon in 238 HRCB.

Takenaka specializes in the social and cultural history of modern Japan with a research focus on memory and historiography of the Asia-Pacific War. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from institutions such as the Japan Foundation, the Michigan Society of Fellows, and the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago.

A book entitled Yasukuni Shrine: History, Memory, and Japan’s Unending Postwar will be published this summer, and her scholarship has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the Public Historian, Review of Japanese Culture and Society, the Pacific Historical Review, and the Japan Focus, as well as edited volumes on wide-ranging topics such as Japanese aesthetics, fascism and culture, totalitarianism, and world’s fairs. Read More…

Confucianism and China: Past and Present

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Confucianism and China: Past and Present

Peter K. Bol, vice provost for advances in learning at Harvard University, will share his expertise on Confuciansim on  Wednesday, 11 March at noon in 238 HRCB.

Bol also serves as the Charles H. Carswell Professor East Asian Languages and Civilizations. As vice provost, he is responsible for HarvardX, the Harvard Initiative in Learning and Teaching, and research pertaining to HarvardX.

His research is centered on the history of China’s cultural elites at the national and local levels from the seventh to the seventeenth century.

He is the author of “This Culture of Ours”: Intellectual Transitions in T’ang and Sung China, Neo-Confucianism in History, coauthor of Sung Dynasty Uses of the I-ching, co-editor of Ways with Words, and various journal articles in Chinese, Japanese, and English. Read More…

Getting North Korea Wrong: Hackers, Defectors, and Making Sense of the DPRK

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Getting North Korea Wrong: Hackers, Defectors, and Making Sense of the DPRK

This presentation on North Korea will be delivered by Kirk W. Larsen on Wednesday, 25 February at noon in 238 HRCB.

Larsen is an associate professor of history at Brigham Young University and also assistant director of academic programs and research at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.

He previously taught at the University of Texas—Austin Read More…