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   Date: 9/3/09 Bookmark and Share

Conference to Explore Japanese Perspectives on American Culture

Smith College will host an all-day symposium on Saturday, Sept. 12, that will explore diverse dimensions of the cultural ties between the United States and Japan. The theme of the symposium is “Communicating with Multicultural America: The View from Kyoto.”

The symposium is sponsored jointly by Doshisha University, located in Kyoto, Japan, and the Associated Kyoto Program, a study-abroad consortium of 15 American liberal arts colleges, including Smith. Free and open to the public, the conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Neilson Library Browsing Room.

Panels will feature six Doshisha University faculty members, who will provide Japanese perspectives on diverse aspects of American culture, ranging from business management styles to language and literature. Their presentations will be followed by comments from discussants drawn from local institutions.

The symposium topics and schedule are as follows (view an event flier in pdf):

9-9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks by President Carol T. Christ, Smith College; President Eiji Hatta, Doshisha University; Chair James C. Dobbins, Associated Kyoto Program.

9:30-10:15 a.m.

“America Centering on and Related to Nagai Kafu.” Masahiro Shindo, Faculty of Letters. Discussant: Stephen Snyder, Middlebury College.

10:45-11:30 a.m.

“Dialogue Across the Pacific.” Keiko Ikeda, American Studies. Discussant: John Davis, Smith College.

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

“English Language Looks at Japanese Language and Vice Versa.” Nobuyuki Yamauchi, Faculty of Culture and Information Science. Discussant: Wako Tawa, Amherst College.

2-2:45 p.m.

“Kyoto-Style Business and the American System of Globalization.” Yuzo Murayama, School of Business. Discussant: Deborah Haas-Wilson, Smith College.

2:45-3:30 p.m.

“Work/Life Balance in the United States and Japan.” Tsuyako Nakamura, Institute for Language and Culture. Discussant: Joshua Roth, Mount Holyoke College.

4-4:45 p.m.

“Monocultural Japan, Multicultural USA?” Bruce White, Center for Japanese Language and Culture. Discussant: Kathleen Woods Masalski, Five College Center for East Asian Studies.

4:45-5 p.m.

Closing Remarks by Vice President Yasuhiro Kuroki, Doshisha University; James C. Dobbins, Associated Kyoto Program.

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